Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Behind the scenes at the QNX concept garage

It seems like every technology concept car QNX produces is bigger and better than the last one, which is just how we like it. That also means each year countless hours are spent dreaming up and implementing ideas. Luckily for us, we’ve got an absolutely amazing concept design team who go above and beyond to create these demos. Luckily for them, the team’s got a cool garage to work in.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at where the magic happens.

The garage can be a serene place after a milestone is reached. In this photo, the Jeep and Bentley await transport to the Telematics Detroit conference.

Mike Shane only looks like he’s trying to break into the car. In reality, he’s shining some light on the latest challenge to roll into the garage.

Tyler Elliott works on the remote monitoring demo portion of the Bentley, making sure the windows and locks behave as planned not only in the garage but also on the show floor.

Like most of his colleagues, Alexandre James splits his time in the garage between the computer and the vehicles. Here he helps test the Bentley’s stereo audio capabilities.

The open concept of the garage makes it easy to share challenges and draw upon everyone's expertise. Here Justin Moon, a former member of the concept team, talks with colleagues about the DLP.

True Nguyen, a UX designer “borrowed” from the engineering team to work on the Jeep and Bentley UIs, fits right in with the garage regulars.

James Henderson from Design First moves in and out of the garage as needed. Here he is deep in thought as he works on the new dash that will eventually house the large display.

The garage has a small alcove with couches and whiteboards away from the vehicles; the guys from Crank Software make good use of the space to check in their code.

Mark Rigley, the team’s fearless and passionate leader, toasts everyone’s hard work before each technology concept car makes its maiden voyage out of the garage.

Who says real men don’t drink rosé? After countless hours in the garage, a celebration is always a welcome break.

Another end-of-project tradition – team photo with the concept car.

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