The company is demonstrating its innovations in two new technology concept cars - based on a Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and a Kia Soul - and in its reference vehicle, based on a Jeep Wrangler. The vehicles will showcase the capabilities of the QNX CAR(TM) Platform for Infotainment, a comprehensive, standards-based solution for creating connected infotainment systems; the QNX(R) Acoustics portfolio, a suite of patented and patent-pending technologies for active noise control, engine sound enhancement, and ultra high-definition hands-free calling; and new technology that enables the vehicle to become a fully managed citizen of the cloud.
New QNX Technology Concept Car based on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
On the entertainment front, the system includes an Android Jellybean version of iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio service, running in a secure application container. Passengers can, as a result, listen to their favorite radio stations from across the country and even create their own custom music stations. The car also showcases smartphone connectivity options such as RealVNC's MirrorLink(TM), which supports smartphone-to-vehicle integration over USB, and the Miracast(R) protocol, which projects auto-relevant smartphone interfaces onto the infotainment system over Wi-Fi(R).
The car also features a dynamically reconfigurable digital instrument cluster that can display turn-by-turn directions, notifications of incoming phone calls, video from the car's front and rear cameras, as well as a tachometer, speedometer, and other virtual instruments. The cluster can even notify you of incoming text messages on your phone; simply push a steering-wheel button, and the system will read the message aloud, so you can keep your eyes on the road.
The technology concept car also showcases how any vehicle can become an endpoint in the Internet of Things. The car integrates with cloud technology from DotLinker, allowing the driver to control select vehicle functions with an HTML-based key-fob application that runs on any smartphone. This technology can also enable secure access of in-vehicle data for cloud-based device management, including deployment of software updates from the automaker or dealer.
QNX Technology Concept Car for Acoustics based on a Kia Soul
With its new technology concept car for acoustics based on a Kia Soul,
Visitors can experience full-band stereo voice calling, which offers extremely high fidelity by covering the complete frequency range of human hearing. They can also experience wideband audio calls, which extend the bandwidth range of traditional narrowband cellular calls to provide a significant boost in clarity and intelligibility. Narrowband, wideband, and full-band voice calls between the two concept cars will each be demonstrated, showcasing
The technology concept car for acoustics also showcases the recently announced QNX(R) Acoustics for Active Noise Control (ANC), an efficient, high-performance alternative to hardware-based ANC solutions that reduces engine noise created by modern fuel-saving techniques. In addition, the car demonstrates engine sound enhancement, which can help automotive companies synthesize signature engine tones that are synchronized to the engine and integrated into the vehicle's sound system.
QNX Reference Vehicle based on a Jeep Wrangler
The QNX reference vehicle, a modified Jeep Wrangler, demonstrates the off-the-shelf capabilities of the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment. The vehicle's infotainment system integrates with the digital instrument cluster and offers automatic speech recognition, a Qt-based HMI, Android app support, Elektrobit EB street director navigation, multimedia playback, advanced personalization settings, rear-view camera, and over-the-air (OTA) software updates. The QNX reference vehicle also demonstrates Internet of Things capabilities from IBM that can transmit vehicle sensor data to the cloud, run realtime analytics against it, and use the results for alerts, notifications, and mobile applications.
"QNX takes the complexity out of creating compelling in-car user experiences for automakers and tier one suppliers. We offer the platform, tools, engineering services, and partner ecosystem they need to create intuitive, connected driving experiences and bring differentiated vehicles to market quickly," stated
The QNX booth also features the PAVES(TM) On-demand in-flight entertainment system from Rockwell Collins. This system runs on the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment and lets airlines offer passengers the latest in high-definition video and entertainment applications. The demonstration illustrates how developers can easily adapt the QNX CAR platform for markets with performance and reliability needs similar to those of automotive, while implementing a completely different HMI and user experience.
About the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment
The QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment is based on QNX software technology proven in tens of millions of vehicles around the world. Designed for flexibility, the platform supports a rich choice of application environments (Android(TM), HTML5, OpenGL(R) ES, etc.), smartphone platforms (Android, iOS(R), BlackBerry(R), Windows(R)), and connectivity standards (Bluetooth(R), DLNA(R), MirrorLink(TM), MTP(R), USB, Wi-Fi(R), etc.). It also provides a comprehensive set of pre-integrated software components to help automotive companies rapidly build connected, custom-branded, media-rich infotainment systems.
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