Automobile manufacturers today face technical challenges far beyond the perennial requirement of delivering on time and within budget, year after year. The pressure to cost-effectively reconcile the apparently incompatible development cycles of silicon and steel is greater than ever.
In-vehicle electronics now range from digital dashboards to navigation and infotainment systems. The advent of the connected car heralds an era when users will expect in-vehicle systems that interface seamlessly with multiple external devices, and easily integrate new applications. To make the challenge even more interesting, these applications may not even be available when a vehicle rolls off the assembly line.
To meet this challenge, manufacturers and tier one suppliers need to ensure that the system they select for building their connected vehicles will facilitate both rapid HMI development and customization, and the integration of new applications as they become available. In other words, is the system designed so that it can be easily and elegantly implemented across different vehicle models now and in the future, and will it be able to accept new applications and technologies, safely and without disruption to existing functionality?
Figure 1: QNX CAR separates the HMI from the underlying functionality. The same system supports different user interfaces, for different vehicle models and different languages, or just to suit end-user preferences.