QNX CAR 2 all about infotainment system personalization

  • 04-Sep-2012 02:04 EDT

The QNX CAR 2 application platform enables developers to easily reskin entire user interfaces.

QNX Software Systems has modified a Jeep Wrangler Sahara to showcase how its QNX CAR 2 application platform can bring a new level of personalization to the automobile. The demo vehicle will be featured at SAE Convergence 2012 in Detroit Oct. 16-17.

The platform currently is in “an early access program with key automotive OEMs and Tier 1s,” QNX tells AEI.

QNX CAR 2 answers the reality that automakers “must keep in-vehicle infotainment systems fresh with new content and features, achieve seamless integration with mobile apps and devices, create personalized user experiences, and accelerate their development cycles to keep pace with the expectations of the connected consumer. And, somehow, they must achieve all this without compromising safety and reliability.”

The company claims GNX Car 2 is the first pre-integrated software stack for car infotainment that leverages the power of HTML5 on a software foundation proven in more than 30 million vehicles worldwide.

HTML5 works across all mobile development platforms—key to developing infotainment systems that must be both connected and customizable. HTML5 has already been widely adopted in the mobile field and, because of this, has a massive ecosystem of developers in place for the automotive industry to use. Companies making up the ecosystem include TI, Freescale, TCS, Telenav, Vlingo, AT&T, Pandora, TuneIn, the Weather Network, Best Parking, Red Bend, Sybase iAnywhere, and Cybercom.

The QNX CAR 2 application platform enables developers to easily reskin entire user interfaces, a capability the company maintains is essential for automakers to project a unique brand identity. HTML5 applications can be blended with those created via Qt, OpenGL ES, and other user interface technologies—all on the same display and at the same time. This highly flexible architecture for building a unified user experience enables automotive developers to take a best-of-breed approach when designing their systems and to leverage existing software assets.

Currently, automakers must design and build separate instrument clusters and infotainment systems to match the brand identity of each product line.

The platform also includes an enhanced WebKit-based engine that supports audio and video, geo-location, WebSockets, offline applications, session storage, canvas, and other standards such as CSS3 and JavaScript. Optimizations beyond WebKit include pixel-accurate zooming and high-performance panning—ideal for maps and navigation—and physics-based scrolling.

QNX CAR 2 was designed by the QNX automotive team, which has hundreds of combined years’ experience in developing advanced software for global automakers including General Motors, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz.

The Jeep Wranger reference vehicle to be shown at Convergence features a reskinnable digital instrument cluster, infotainment system, and media player; hands-free Facebook updates; smartphone integration; one-touch Bluetooth pairing using NFC; and Ultra HD hands-free communication.

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