CERTIFICATION PROGRAM


MirrorLink certification is based on MirrorLink specification conformance, client/server interoperability and a review of a series of administrative requirements. The complete process for gaining and maintaining certification is contained in the CCC's program management document. Members may access the PMD here.


This page describes the major steps for initial certification of a new product. Processes for maintaining certification require contact with the CCC certification body.


Certification is granted to a product of a specific manufacturer, product name, model number and revision number. Any change to the identifying markers of a product renders the product not certified. The CCC does, however, permit product variants or re-labeled products to reuse the certificationtest results of similar products. The degree to wich results may be reused is determined by the CCC certification body.


Only the original device manufacturer (ODM) may apply for certification. If a product is to be relabeled or remarketed for use by another member company, the processes contained in the PMD must be followed.

While only end products are granted CCC certification, it is possible to collect and reuse certification test results for software stacks, modules or other partial implementations.  The same overall processes are followed for these partial implementations, but no claims of CCC certification may be made in these cases.  When these partial implementations are used in end products, the party responsible for the end product must clarify with the certification body the nature of the integration.  The certification body will make the final determination on the partial or total reuse of partial implementation test results.  The reuse of results will follow the principles of Section 9.13 and 9.14 of the PMD.



What does MirrorLink Certified mean?

MirrorLink Certified means that your smartphone or In Vehicle Infotainment system has been evaluated against the CCC's Certification Requirements.  These requirements include protocol conformance testing, interoperability testing and an extensive administrative review.  Only products that conform to the MirrorLink  technical specifications and interoperate with one another are granted the right to use the MirrorLink logo.


Are smartphones and In Vehicle Infotainment systems evaluated the same way?

Smartphones and IVIs are evaluated to the same fundamental requirements, but there are differences in the tests run on each type of product.  The differences in the tests are due to the nature of the devices and the role they play in the link between smartphone and IVI.


What steps do I need to follow to get the MirrorLink Logo on my product

The first step is to become a member of the CCC.  If your company is already a member of the CCC then please follow the instructions on the Certification Program link at the top of this page.


How does my company's membership level in CCC impact my ability to have a product certified?

Only members of the CCC have access to the Certification Program and the ability to use the MirrorLink Certification Mark and Logo. If your company is interested in using the CCC's MirrorLink Certification Program please join us!  Membership information can be found in the "About Us" link above.


How much does MirrorLink Certification cost?

For Core and Charter members of CCC there is no fees associated with listing your product.  There is a small listing fee associated with products certified by Adopter members.  Testing fees need to be negotiated directly with any of our Authorized Testing Laboratories.  After a product is certified there are no future costs associated with keeping that exact product certified.


What does my company need to do if we make software or hardware changes to an already certified device?

Changes to certified devices is managed under an "Engineering Change Order" process.  If you make a change to the device which may impact its MirrorLink functionality, you are obligated to contact the Certification Body at CCC.


How long does MirrorLink Certification take?

The actual time that it takes to perform certification testing then complete the necessary administrative steps to become a MirrorLink certified product can vary.  Testing  of a mature product with no issues may only take the ATL one week to complete.  Extra testing time, however, may be necessary for those products that exhibit issues that must be corrected.  Administrative turn-around time is targeted to be approximately one week.


I operate a test laboratory, how do I become a CCC Authorized Test Lab?

Please contact the CCC Administration for information on how your lab may join the CCC as an Authorized Test Lab.  The acceptance of labs is based on a number of qualifications including a scope expansion of existing ISO 17025 Lab Accreditation Status.


How do I participate in the discussions regarding how the Certification Program operates?

Joining the CCC as a Charter or Core member gives your company access to the Certification Working Group(CWG).  This Working Group is responsible for developing all processes and procedures for the operation of the Certification Program.  By attending the regularly scheduled face to face and teleconference meetings, your company can gain and maintain voting rights in the CWG.