QNX Demonstrates Future of Automotive Connectivity at SAE Convergence 2010

-- New innovations in device connectivity allow in-car infotainment systems to leverage a host of mobile applications and services.

-- Demos include a multimedia head unit and a dynamically reconfigurable digital instrument cluster, both deployed on a new connected concept car.

-- Photos and videos available at www.qnx.com/pressroom.

Oct 19, 2010, 09:37 ET from QNX Software Systems

DETROIT, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SAE Convergence 2010, Booth #717 -- QNX Software Systems Co., the leading provider of operating systems and middleware for the automotive infotainment market, today announced that it will demonstrate its latest mobile connectivity technologies in a new concept car at SAE Convergence 2010.

The car, a specially modified Chevrolet Corvette, will showcase QNX Software Systems' vision for the fully connected automobile — a vision that encompasses connectivity to the cloud, to roadside systems, and to a host of mobile-device applications.

The car will feature two systems built on the QNX CAR™ Application Platform, a pre-integrated, standards-based solution designed to reduce the cost and effort of developing in-car infotainment products:

  • Multimedia head unit — Demonstrates how in-car infotainment systems can access the latest applications on mobile devices, such as maps for finding restaurants and other POIs, geosocial applications for locating nearby friends, and services for finding the closest available parking spot. Other demo features include Pandora® streaming audio, Webkit browsing, and a reskinnable HMI based on Adobe® Flash® technology.
  • Dynamically reconfigurable digital instrument cluster — Features both a driving mode (tachometer and speedometer) and an information mode (weather, navigation information, album art, etc.).

To help automakers and tier one suppliers leverage mobile applications, QNX Software Systems embraces a platform-agnostic approach, offering technologies that deliver connectivity to a variety of devices. These technologies will be showcased in the Corvette and include:

  • Terminal Mode — Replicates the smartphone screen on the vehicle's infotainment system, allowing steering wheel buttons, touchscreens, and other in-car user inputs to control the phone. Enables infotainment systems to access new mobile phone applications as they become available.
  • Apple® iPod® Out — Enables the infotainment system to display content from an iPhone or iPod touch, including music and album art. Allows users to view an interface they are familiar with and supports new iPod features without software changes on the head unit.

"With our multi-platform support and production-proven operating system and middleware, QNX Software Systems continues to expand the scope of what is possible in vehicle infotainment systems," said Andrew Poliak, director of automotive business development, QNX Software Systems. "By connecting mobile applications to the automobile, QNX is helping automakers enhance the driving experience and differentiate their model offerings."

The connected car demo will be available to SAE Convergence attendees on October 19 & 20 at booth #717.

QNX Software Systems is the global leader in operating systems and middleware for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, and has licensed its technology for use in more than 19 million in-vehicle systems worldwide.

About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems Co., a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), is a leading vendor of operating systems, middleware, development tools, and professional services for the embedded systems market. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, vehicle telematics units, industrial control systems, medical instruments, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems Co. is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.

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