New Version of QNX CAR Platform Expands Design Choices to Include Android Apps and Qt User Interfaces
"Enables automotive companies to tap into vast ecosystem of mobile developers creating Android, HTML5, OpenGL ES, and Qt apps
DETROIT, Telematics Detroit Conference, June 5, 2013 QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, today demonstrated how the new version of its QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment will enable developers of car infotainment systems to leverage an even broader choice of mobile apps and content.
The QNX CAR Platform already supports both HTML5 and OpenGL ES, the two most popular open standards for mobile app development. With the new version, 2.1, the platform extends its reach to support Android apps, as well as apps and human machine interfaces HMIs built with the popular Qt 5 application framework.
Automakers need to tap into the rapid innovation of the mobile app community its the surest way to keep vehicles fresh with new and engaging features, stay connected with consumers, and, ultimately, build greater brand loyalty, said Andy Gryc, senior automotive product marketing manager, QNX Software Systems. From the beginning, the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment was designed to support mobile standards and, thanks to its flexible architecture, our customers will soon have the opportunity to access an even larger share of the mobile ecosystem.
To maximize reliability, the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment 2.1 runs Android apps in a separate application container, much like it handles HTML5 apps. This sandboxed approach keeps the app environment cleanly partitioned from the HMI, protecting both the HMI and the overall system from unpredictable web content.
Expanded Hardware and App Support
The QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment 2.1 introduces several other enhancements to increase flexibility and performance, including improved power management, optimizations for faster boot time, and support for more hardware platforms choices now include Freescale i.MX 6Dual and i.MX 6Quad, NVIDIA Tegra 3, Texas Instruments OMAP 5, and Texas Instruments Jacinto 5 Eco. The platforms rich suite of pre-integrated partner apps has been expanded to include HearPlanet, Parkopedia, Soundtracker, and wcities eventseekr.
The QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment is based on QNX technology deployed in millions of cars. It supports an exceptionally rich set of pre-integrated technologies, both from QNX Software Systems and dozens of ecosystem partners, to help automotive companies reduce the time required to build connected infotainment systems.
The QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment 2.1 will be available in July to select automotive customers through an early access program. Product availability is scheduled for Q4 2013.
QNX Demos at Telematics Detroit
This week, QNX Software Systems will demonstrate the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment 2.1 running Android apps in an HMI based on HTML5. It will also showcase the QNX reference vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler Sahara running an HMI based on Qt 5, and the QNX technology concept car, a Bentley Continental GT outfitted with a center stack that uses DLP display technology from Texas Instruments TI, a reconfigurable digital instrument cluster, video conferencing with realistic telepresence, and other unique infotainment features.
QNX Speakers at Telematics Detroit
Keynote Beyond Telematics: The Battle of In-Vehicle Electronics Andrew Poliak, director, automotive business development. Wednesday, June 5, 5:35 p.m.
Panel The Autonomous Car: The Road to Driverless Driving Justin Moon, global technology evangelist. Wednesday, June 5, 4:30 p.m.
Panel Develop the Ultimate Intuitive Vehicle User Interface Andy Gryc, senior automotive product marketing manager. Thursday, June 6, 4:55 p.m.
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited BlackBerry NASDAQ:BBRY; TSX:BlackBerry, is a leading vendor of operating systems, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Audi, Cisco, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for vehicle infotainment units, network routers, medical devices, industrial automation systems, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems Limited is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com and www.facebook.com/QNXSoftwareSystems, and follow @QNX_News on Twitter. For updates on the companys automotive work, visit qnxauto.blogspot.com and follow @QNX_Auto
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