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January 10, 2012

QNX Software Systems to Showcase Cloud-Connected Concept Car at 2012 CES

Advancements in electronics and telecommunications industries have been opening new doors of possibilities for system developers and integrators allowing them to offer multi-dimensional in-vehicle entertainment devices and solutions.

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited, the company behind BlackBerry (News - Alert) smartphones, provides operating systems, development tools and professional services for connected embedded systems. The company has announced that it will display its enhanced cloud-connected concept car and a number of other advanced automotive software technologies at 2012 CES. Some of the innovative solutions to be introduced by QNX at the venue are: smartphone integration with one-touch Bluetooth pairing, tablet-based rear-seat entertainment, a reconfigurable digital instrument cluster and high-definition hands-free communications as well.

The Ottawa, Canada based company offers its advanced technology to enable the vehicle infotainment systems, network routers, medical devices, industrial controllers and security and defense systems of a number of well known companies such as Audi, Cisco (News - Alert), General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Siemens.

At 2012 CES, QNX will partner with other technology companies to demonstrate the latest version of its QNX CAR application platform, which enables the automakers to benefit from the advanced application possibilities of HTML5. The company will offer the showcase at BlackBerry booth, South Hall, 30326 at the event venue.

The new QNX concept car has been developed by seamlessly integrating the smartphone of the driver within a Porsche Carrera car, offering an enhanced in-vehicle experience to him, equipped with features such as customized navigation, entertainment and information services. It also includes the new Near Field Communications one-touch Bluetooth pairing, connecting the driver’s phone to the vehicle automatically. Further, advanced functionalities such as conversational voice recognition and in-vehicle controls make it possible for the driver to leverage the vehicle’s infotainment system in a better and organized manner.

Drivers of the new concept car by QNX can flexibly connect the tablets to the in-car systems, enabling the front-seat control of rear-seat tablets and allowing any device within the vehicle to play media stored on any other device. QNX Software Systems has deployed its ultra HD voice technology within the car, offering 48KHz full stereo bandwidth to enable clear and enhanced hands-free calls. A variety of applications are supported within the vehicle, such as: TeleCommunication Systems, hybrid navigation services, Vlingo (News - Alert) voice-to-text and voice recognition, a multilingual speech engine, the Poynt virtual personal assistant, a Weather Network app and streaming Internet radio from various providers such as Pandora (News - Alert), NoBex, Slacker and TuneIn.  

In March 2011, TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients in print, in person and online, announced QNX Software Systems as the winner of the 2010 TMCnet SmartAuto Telematics Pioneer Award.

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Arvind Arora is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Arvind's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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