Monday, June 18, 2012

QNX reference vehicle makes stopover at FTF Americas 2012

Fresh off Telematics Detroit, the QNX reference vehicle is on the road again. And this time, it’s headed to the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in San Antonio.

Have you seen photos of the vehicle? If so, you'll know it's a specially modified Jeep Wrangler. From the outside, the Jeep stills looks the same, but beneath the hood, something has changed. For the first time, the Jeep’s head unit and instrument cluster, both based on the QNX CAR 2 application platform, are using Freescale i.MX 6 processors. And what better place than FTF to show off this new processor support?

Closeup of Jeep's instrument cluster. See previous post for more photos of vehicle.

As before, the reference vehicle will showcase several capabilities of the QNX CAR 2 platform, including:

  • auto-centric HTML5 framework
  • integration with a variety of popular smartphones
  • one-touch Bluetooth pairing with smartphones using NFC
  • ultra HD hands-free communication
  • DLNA support for phone- and home- based media
  • tablet-based rear-seat entertainment
  • reconfigurable digital instrument cluster
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

The vehicle will also demonstrate several popular third-party technologies, including Pandora, Slacker, and TuneIn Internet radio; TCS navigation; Weather Network; Best Parking; and Vlingo/AT&T Watson voice recognition.

What, more demos?
The reference vehicle isn't the only place to catch QNX technology at FTF. QNX will also showcase:

  • a 3D digital instrument cluster based on a Freescale i.MX 6 quad processor and the QNX Neutrino RTOS, and built with Elektrobit's EB GUIDE Human Machine Interface environment
  • a complete dashboard, including head unit and digital cluster, based on the QNX CAR 2 platform
  • demos for industrial controllers, medical devices, multi-core systems, and advanced graphics, all of which run on the QNX Neutrino RTOS and Freescale silicon

QNX at the podium
Did I mention? QNX experts will also in participate in several presentations and panels. Here's the quick schedule:

  • The HTML5 Effect: How HTML5 will Change the Networked Car — June 19, 2:00 pm, Grand Oaks Ballroom A
  • Using an IEC 61508-Certified RTOS Kernel for Safety-Critical Systems — June 20, 2:00 pm, Grand Oaks Ballroom P
  • Embedded Meets Mobility: M2M Considerations and Concepts — June 20, 5:15 pm, Grand Oaks Ballroom E
  • New System Design for Multicore Processors — June 21, 10:30 am, Grand Oaks Ballroom F

Visit the FTF website for details on these and other FTF presentations.

And if you're at FTF, remember to catch the QNX demos at pod numbers 1400 to 1405.

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