In November last year I presented at a QNX customer event in Stuttgart, attended by the top Automotive OEMs and suppliers. The event was great and it was clear that automotive is going to become yet another frontier for connected web technologies – what an exciting industy.
The QNX Neutrino OS is of course the underlying platform used by the Playbook as well as huge range of server, industrial and automotive products, all with “space-grade reliability”. QNX has of course shipped Neutrino in a huge array of different products in various configurations, making it one of the best choices for industrial, automotive, transport and consumer devices.
Interestingly, with the QNX Car, automotive OEMs can leverage Flash in a very unique way. Merging highly available OpenGL rendering with Flash components, and blended together using some special sauce. So with QNX Car, it’s possible to produce dashboards that are highly available and safe, yet dynamic and easy to produce in Flash. To enable this, the Neutrino OS employs a number of distributed processing techniques that ensure the safe running of key components – all while offering amazing multimedia and connectivity features.
Throughout 2010 we’ve all been thinking about the huge range of new devices, tablets, televisions and mobile phones that have begun to change the digital landscape. As part of my investigation into the automotive space, I started to think about the interactions between these devices. Do passengers want their tablet to be the control hub for their car of the future? What can we learn about our driving “expertise”, or green credentials using applications?
Imagine all of the opportunities for great integrated applications, think of all of the information at your disposal! We could have personalized and theme’d dashboards, mood sensors, and with 4G connectivity options on the horizon, we could see vast amounts of telemetry data help with the ever increasing congestion on our roads.
Well the good news is that the folks at QNX are already putting these concepts together. Let’s take a look at this demo shown at CES, integrating the RIM Playbook directly with the QNX car control systems…