If you missed the QNX Corvette at Convergence 2010, you can still see its reconfigurable digital instrument cluster and versatile application platform HMI at the ARM Technology Conference in November.
Two years ago, we reported on the debut of the QNX digital instrument cluster. At the time the system was a free-standing demo that showed off the clarity of data presentation to the driver in the reconfigurable digital image portraying an "analog" speedometer and tachometer.
At the Convergence 2010 conference last week in Detroit, QNX's Andy Gryc showed me the most recent iteration, now integrated into a Chevy Corvette. In addition to the speedo/tach driving mode, the cluster features an information mode that can include navigation, weather, or entertainment-system data.
The cluster is built on QNX's CARTM Application Platformfor infotainment. This tool was also used to develop the Corvette's multimedia head unit—which can access mobile device applications, from navigation features to audio sources. As an example, the Terminal Mode (see video below) replicates a smartphone screen in the head unit's display and allowing the HMIs available to the driver (steering wheel buttons, touchscreen, etc.) to control the phone. IPod Touch output can also be controlled.