QNX Software Systems application platform, CAR™ 2, just unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show is tailored to allow automotive developers to harness the user experience of HTML5 on a software foundation already proven in millions of vehicles. Designed to enable rapid development of in-car infotainment systems, the CAR 2 platform introduces a new, auto-centric HTML5 framework.
The company notes, automakers are beginning to embrace HTML5 to enable them to keep their vehicles fresh with new content and features, to address consumer demands for the latest mobile apps and services, and to leverage a huge developer community—helping automakers customize the user experience and simplify access to mobile apps.
The QNX CAR 2 application platform is designed to leverage these benefits with an auto-centric HTML5 framework to permit developers to easily reskin entire user interfaces—essential to projecting a unique brand identity—and do it cost-effectively for multiple model lines. It also allows them to blend HTML5 applications with those created with Qt, OpenGL ES, and other user interface technologies—all on the same display and even at the same time. This flexible architecture for building a unified user experience enables manufacturers to leverage existing software investments while tapping into HTML5.
“At Audi, we see HTML5 as an essential ingredient for creating the next generation of user experiences in the vehicle,” said Mathias Halliger, head of architecture, MMI System. “As cars become the new mobile platform, it is increasingly important for automakers to keep pace with the growing array of mobile applications to ensure a rich, customized in-vehicle experience, and to offer new features based on the latest technology, such as cloud-based software updates for the car. Support for HTML5 in software platforms such as QNX CAR 2 can help automakers achieve this connectivity, quickly and cost effectively.” Audi uses QNX software technology in its MIB High infotainment system, which is shipping in cars today.
According to Thilo Koslowski, Automotive Practice Leader, Gartner, “Successful connected vehicle strategies will be based on the principle of ‘controlled openness,’ which leverages existing standards and flexible architectures to create unique and differentiated customer experiences. HTML5 in particular allows automotive companies to embrace this principle and to create connected vehicle solutions that are upgradeable and can evolve with overall software and technology advancements.”
In addition to the new HTML framework, the QNX CAR 2 application platform pre-integrates an array of technologies, including the QNX® Neutrino® real-time operating system: A multimedia framework, an acoustic processing library for handsfree systems, and hundreds of software services and utilities. The platform is backed by ecosystem partners, including TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), Texas Instruments, and Vlingo.
“The QNX CAR 2 application platform is much more than a solution for embedding intelligence in the car—it is a platform for achieving the next level of connectivity between the car and mobile devices, between the car and the cloud, and between the car and the consumer,” said Derek Kuhn, vice president of sales and marketing, QNX Software Systems. “With its auto-centric HTML5 framework, the platform can help automakers create more enjoyable and convenient user experiences, and to connect to the host of HTML5 applications already available on smart phones, tablets, and other platforms.”
The QNX CAR 2 application platform is scheduled for general release in mid-2012.
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