QNX overhauls in-car mobile technology

by Andrew Roach on June 6, 2013

There has been a growing demand for in-car technology in recent years especially with the growing ease at which apps on mobile device can connect with internal electronic systems.

Ottawa based QNX has been one of the main beneficiaries of this development and now the company has unveiled their latest upgrade to their own in-car programme.

The 2.1 version of the CAR Platform for Infotainment is now able to run and support Android apps whilst running leading hardware components such as the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

The new version of the CAR system is hoping to build on the previous update which introduced new software platforms such as HTML5 to the system.

One of the biggest features surrounding the release of the 2.1 release is that Infotainment users can now capitalise on running apps designed for Android devices.

In the new update, Android apps will be placed into their own compartment where games, navigation tools and music can be accessed while on the road.

With Android being the most common operating system on mobile devices at the moment, there has been a lot of demand from consumers to make the CAR Platform compatible with the software.

By including support for Android programmes, QNX are hoping that it will help the in-car electronics grow even further with years to come. This was underlined by senior automotive product marketing manager Andy Gryc who said that “automakers need to tap into the rapid innovation of the mobile app community — it’s the surest way to keep vehicles fresh with new and engaging features.”

Alongside that, the focus of the new update is very much aimed at designers with additional support being provided for numerous hardware and software components.

Several of the software changes includes the introduction of the QT 5 framework while the Infotainment system can also benefit from the use of powerful components such as the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and both the Freescale i.MX 6Dual and 6Quad platforms.

This will mean that users will be able to download and use a host of powerful programmes such as HUD’s, maps and information systems.

With their user base already stretching to nearly 30 million users, QNX are hoping that their CAR programme can grow even further and help in-car entertainment systems grow even closer to mobile devices in the near future.

The 2.1 version of CAR Platform for Infotainment will be available from July 2013

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