Next-Gen Infotainment System Previewed by QNX

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

A new platform for in-car entertainment is ready to hit the market, based on the latest software from Research in Motion (RIM) subsidiary, QNX.

Revealed today at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) convergence, the new QNX platform, called QNX CAR 2 is designed as a solution to bring more app development to the world of automotive infotainment.

QNX is a subsidiary of BlackBerry maker RIM that creates and licenses software for vehicles, such as those in infotainment systems. The new QNX CAR 2 platform will include more support for HTML5 applications, as well as other standards as CSS3 and JavaScript.

“HTML5 has become a lingua franca, allowing app developers to target all the major mobile platforms,” Andy Gryc, automotive product marketing manager at QNX said. “But until now, automakers have been unable to tap into this rich vein of apps, content, and developer talent. The HTML5 SDK for the QNX CAR 2 application platform changes all that.”

QNX showed off the new platform with a Jeep Wrangler reference vehicle, outfitted with touch-screens, tablets and LCD displays. Shown is a crisp screen for navigation, as well as a numerous apps available for the driver to access. Additionally, the car’s information gauges have been replaced by a customizable LCD screen.

QNX infotainment systems are already present in a wide variety of vehicles including Audi, Acura, BMW, GM, Hyundai, Porsche and Land Rover.

The QNX CAR 2 platform is currently being evaluated by automakers and automotive suppliers for next-generation infotainment systems. QNX Software Systems plans to release the platform sometime around December 2012.

A gallery of QNX CAR2 is below, as well as a video showing off the new features of the system, and the making of the reference car.

GALLERY: QNX Reference Vehicle – Jeep Wrangler

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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