BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) QNX Demoed Smart Automotive Systems in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU) Maserati, Jeep

Maserati Quattroporte GTS

Maserati Quattroporte GTS. Concept Car was used in QNX Demo

At the CES 2015 technology event,QNX Software System Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) provided a demo of the company’s latest infotainment systems, digital instruments and advanced driver assistance systems, which will bring forth safer and enjoyable driving experiences of the future. QNX Software used two Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU) demos, a Maserati Quattroporte GTS as the concept car, with a Jeep Wrangler as the reference model. These two cars were equipped with advanced sensors, cameras, cloud-based service systems, speech technologies and acoustics-based softwares from QNX technologies and third-party companies.

Andrew Poliak, the Global Director of Business Development of QNX Software Systems was quoted saying:

“From vision sensors to smartphones, the car is experiencing a massive influx of new technologies, and automakers must blend these in a way that is simple, helpful, and non-distracting, With its full range of road-proven solutions, QNX is ideally suited to helping automakers and automotive tier-one suppliers achieve this goal, while giving them the flexibility to create experiences that project their unique brand values.”

QNX for the Safety of Automobiles

Touting the safety of automobiles, QNX collects important data from on-board sensors such as cameras, ultrasonic and LiDAR that will help detect threats to save lives of drivers. The advanced driver assistance system or ADAS capability of the QNX OS includes digital instruments with speed suggestions, vehicle collision warnings, and even provides recommendation to reduce speed on dangerous curves. The system will also be able to detect obstacles on the road, guide turn-by-turn directions via the infotainment system, and even assist the driver for parking with the help of wide angle rear cameras and displays.

Going further, the cluster instruments will use the EB Assist ADASISv2S Electronic Horizon Solution from Elektrobit. The systems will detect obstacles via LiDAR, powered by Phantom Intelligence. However, the human-machine interface, or commonly known as HMI was designed using the Rightware Kanzi® UI Solution from Rightware.

In the Jeep Wrangler reference model, the ADAS implemented by QNX can detect traffic signs and lane departures using advanced computer algorithms to avoid forward collisions. QNX demoed how the advanced driver assistance system detects and processes the data in real-time. Furthermore, QNX says that the rear view mirror of the infotainment system can boot up in 0.8 seconds, significantly faster than the 2 second mandate of  National Highway Traffic and Safety Association.

If you say it’s too cold then…

The new infotainment system in the QNX Car Platform can detect if an AM/FM station is out of range, and then automatically switch to the next available solution. QNX Car uses  Nuance’s Dragon Drive speech recognition system to listen to natural language processing. If you try to say “It’s way too cold in here”, the system will respond by increasing the heat in the interior of the car.

The system will support full integration of smartphone connectivity with popular protocols such as VNC® Automotive, RealVNC’s implementation of MirrorLink™, and instant sync of contacts and music. Also, the system provides support for multiple app platforms such as iHeart Radio Android version, and HTML apps such as Parkopedia and Pandora. Additionalyl back seat drivers can now controls for navigation, song selection, and HVAC functions as well.


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