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QNX Shows Off Concept Car Featuring CAR Application Platform 2.0 at CES2013

January 14, 2013

QNX Shows Off Concept Car Featuring CAR Application Platform 2.0 at CES2013

By Madhubanti Rudra
TMCnet Contributor

A car that can communicate to smartphones! A car that recognizes your voice and moves on! A car that allows you to have in-car video conferencing! Sounds a bit too futuristic? Well, QNX Software Systems, a RIM subsidiary and provider of software platforms for in-car electronics, brought the future on the CES (News - Alert) ramp in the form of a technology concept car-- a cutting edge creation that shows off the exceptional capabilities of QNX CAR application platform 2.0.

QNX partnered with Bentley and used the latter’s Continental GT convertible to develop this concept car. The car, which is claimed to be capable of building the "connected cockpit" of tomorrow, integrates the company’s never before seen technology meant for the automotive customers. For CES attendees, the car was a fantastic demonstration of the platform’s efficacy in enabling automotive companies to build cutting-edge products with utmost design flexibility in exceptionally less time.

The company acknowledged the contributions of the partners that enabled it to create this futuristic car boasting smartphone integration, voice recognition, video conferencing capabilities and more.

To begin with, the car incorporates an immense center stack with DLP display from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), intended to replace the conventional flat touchscreen. Featuring an organically curved surface, full HD graphics, and TI''s optical touch input technology, the display allows for physical control knobs to be mounted directly on the screen. This helps the riders achieve the right balance in physical and touchscreen controls.

Then Elektrobit (News - Alert) facilitated "Always available" 3D navigation, enabling the driver to know where they are at all times. The dynamic user interface with rich animations was provided by Crank Software''s Storyboard.

If the idea of driving a car hands free really amazes you, this concept car can give you a taste of this rare experience! Equipped with a voice recognition system based on AT&T (News - Alert), Watson allows you to start your car just by saying “Hello!” to it. It requires you to just say "Hello Bentley," and the car immediately starts interacting with you. Based on Truly Handsfree keyword spotting technology from Sensory, the system is powered by AT&T Watson speech recognition technology, which enables handsfree control of the media player and navigation system. The system also uses an intent framework from QNX Software Systems for adapting AT&T Watson to a variety of in-car applications, QNX explained in a news statement.

The Bentley convertible was a proof of QNX CAR application platform’s ability in integrating popular smartphone platforms into a vehicle. The attendees witnessed how the platform empowers a car to communicate with the user’s smartphone to stream music, or to provide notifications of incoming e-mail, news feeds, and other real-time information, displayed in a manner appropriate to the automotive context.

We all are familiar with the concept of home-office, but this special Bentley makes the concept of a car-office a reality. With its video conferencing capability with realistic telepresence, the car takes the concept of the mobile office to a new level. Needless to say, the facility is available only when the car is parked. Separate cameras for the driver and passenger are provided to facilitate independent video streams. Leveraging QNX’ high-definition voice technology, the car offers you a realistic conferencing experience.

In addition, the car has an infotainment system with HTML5 implementation of Pandora (News - Alert) Internet radio and features Shazam music discovery service.

“From smartphone integration to 3D navigation, our tier one customers are under pressure to deliver market-differentiating features at the speed of mobility. Consumers have become conditioned by the rapid evolution of mobile devices, and the QNX CAR application platform was expressly designed to help automotive companies address those time-to-market expectations - while maintaining automotive-grade reliability and performance,” vice president of sales and marketing at QNX Software Systems Derek Kuhn, noted in a statement.

In other news, QNX Software Systems announced that QNX CAR application platform 2.0 and of its associated tooling environment, the QNX CAR development platform 2.0, is now available to the automotive community.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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