Much like two perfectly synced road trip buddies who have been traveling together for decades, Intel and QNX Software Systems, a subsidiary of BlackBerry, are embarking on a new adventure: advancing in-vehicle technologies that deliver new driving experiences. The collaboration between Intel and QNX on Intel Internet of Things (IoT) for automobiles is already leading to new innovations for dashboard functionality within cars, including infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
This is a great example of Intel’s ongoing commitment to innovation in the auto industry, through collaborations with the world’s leading providers. By working with automotive leaders including Magneti Marelli, Harman, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover, Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCA), Ford and GM, we’re delivering rapid and impactful automotive innovation.
“As the automotive electronics industry continues to progress, innovative collaborations are critical to deliver on ever-increasing demands for a safer, more connected driver experience,” Elliot Garbus, vice president and general manager, Intel Transportation Solutions Division, recently said. “Intel and QNX Software Systems have complementary technologies that work together to enhance consumer experiences and help make the promise of connected cars a reality.”
This collaboration will help to accelerate the delivery of ADAS and infotainment services, and is part of Intel’s ongoing work with automakers and in-vehicle infotainment suppliers to help integrate advanced technologies into cars.
“While QNX Software Systems has collaborated with Intel for more than 30 years on a wide range of embedded solutions across many generations of Intel architecture, [this] announcement marks an important milestone of combining QNX software and Intel hardware for cars,” said John Wall, chief operating officer, QNX Software Systems. “QNX and Intel are recognized world leaders in their respective domains and the collaboration provides an exciting opportunity to create compelling and innovative products for the automotive industry.”
News of the collaboration was recently featured in an AutoBeat Insider video interview with Ken Obuszewski, director of automotive marketing for Intel, and Andrew Poliak, global director of automotive for QNX Software Systems.
“With the evolution of the connected car, the capabilities that you’re seeing in vehicles are starting to expand dramatically,” Obuszewski told interviewer Bill Hampton. “QNX is a longtime leader in the automotive market and at Intel we’re one of the technology leaders making a large investment in the automotive industry. It’s very natural for us to expand our working relationship and bring consumers great technologies going forward.”
Those technologies are built on QNX Software Systems’ production-proven open standards software running on Intel’s scalable and secure Intel IoT Platform. QNX Software Systems’ latest version of its QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment runs on the Intel Atom Processor.
“Making systems that can be upgradable and updateable, even after you purchase the vehicle—so that it stays fresh and current over the life of the vehicle—is really a key foundation of the software platform running on a really flexible software architecture like Intel,” said Poliak.
Fueled by decades of success highlighted in this blog post, QNX Software Systems and Intel are paving the road ahead for the connected car of the future. That’s what happens when innovation and collaboration merge onto the road to IoT together.
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