QNX teams up with Panasonic to offer car infotainment systems worldwide

By Adam Zeis on 13 Aug 2013 09:24 am EDT

QNX has announced today that they have been chosen by Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America to develop infotainment systems for automakers across the globe. The two companies will collaborate on in-vehicle systems for car makers in North America, Europe and Japan to enhance the next generation of infotainment systems and in-car applications.

The QNX Car Platform is already available in millions of vehicles and the new partnership will allow Panasonic to easily customize systems for various vehicles as needed.

Press Release

QNX Chosen by Panasonic to Provide Software Platform for Car Infotainment Systems Worldwide

Panasonic leverages flexibility of QNX CAR platform to deliver infotainment systems for variety of markets and customer requirements

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - August 13, 2013) - QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, today announced that Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America has chosen the QNX CAR™ platform to develop infotainment systems for automakers in North America, Europe, and Japan. The two companies also announced their intent to collaborate on the research and development of advanced technologies that will enhance the capabilities of next-generation in-car applications.

The QNX CAR platform is based on QNX® technology proven in tens of millions of vehicles. Designed for flexibility, the platform supports a rich choice of application environments and smartphone platforms, as well as a comprehensive set of pre-integrated components to help automotive companies build connected, media-rich infotainment systems.

"We wanted a platform that would let us quickly customize our infotainment systems for a variety of markets and customer requirements - the QNX CAR platform, with its modular architecture and support for mobile connectivity standards, provides the inherent flexibility we were looking for," stated Scott Kirchner, Vice President, CTO, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America. "From a technical, engineering, and business perspective, QNX Software Systems offers us strong support, helping us meet development deadlines and deliver high-quality localized products to our customers."

To bring its custom solutions to market quickly, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America is integrating its advanced technology with the multimedia and device connectivity features built into the QNX CAR platform. Panasonic is also leveraging the QNX automotive services team, which has first-hand experience in helping automotive companies bring hundreds of production models to market.

"Panasonic is a major innovator in vehicle infotainment, and we are absolutely thrilled to support their development efforts," stated Derek Kuhn, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, QNX Software Systems. "Panasonic is creating exciting products with the QNX CAR platform, and we are proud to help contribute to their efforts and success." 


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QNX teams up with Panasonic to offer car infotainment systems worldwide


First thing I noticed, back to the name QNX all of a sudden. Hmm. Maybe we're missing something, will wait on one of the other guys/gals to chime in.

Bingo. It wasn't Sony, it was Panasonic. Just think how well your new! Bb10 phone will mesh with your car, Panasonic TV etc going forward!

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

Can you imagine all Panasonic Hardware having BlackBerry logo's on them. All HDTV's, Blu-Ray players etc., control your devices now with all BlackBerry 10 smart phones. How about Panasonic hardware running BB10 such as tablets and smart phones.

BlackBerry and Panasonic would be great together, Panasonic has the marketing muscle with BBRY having the power of QNX/BB10 platform.

How about QNX powered HDTV's by Panasonic? QNX is powerful and expandable.

BlackBerry owns QNX. This is why Heins keeps saying we have great technologies going forward. While the consumer has given up on BlackBerry because they don't really understand how good QNX is, the tech and the companies in the know do. This is huge news!

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

...you mean that not even a gm will "talk'' to an iphone? that will suck for some...
How about this advertisement line:

No QNX has focused on bring cross platform from the beginning so the end device experience for the user should be consistent. (Well maybe BB's will get new goodies slightly earlier and be better at it, but they already are :)

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D

Because its probably easier to go to a meeting and say "We are from QNX, our OS is in 80% of infotainment systems, we would like to partner with you"

Instead of "We are from Blackberry, a struggling smartphone manufacturer that is trying to go into cars so it remains in business"

This is not necessarily what they will say, but it's what the other party will perceive. It is sad, but the BlackBerry name has a negative image.

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Now this is great news. Panasonic is the only real tv maker besides Samsung left in the world. Just replaced my Sony big screen with one. Fantastic picture. Perhaps this could be a great partnership! Panasonic makes my home phones, perhaps they want to get cellular also.

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

they USED to do cell phones waaayyyyy back in the late 1990s ... I actually owned one; a semi-brick by today's standard.

Lol....yes you are very correct. Had the brick also. Lol

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

Yes. Probably well over due on that! Mood has to be better. Here's a new BlackBerry motto! "Things are never so bad they can't get worse!". I feel better already.....lol.

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

Panasonic seems to be huge in Avionics and airplane infotainment systems. Does this potentially open the door to that as well?

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D


They should at LEAST call it "BlackBerry QNX".

They don't know what they're doing. Don't think they ever did.

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i see the revenue of QNX taking off soon, probably by the end of next year this division will stop sucking all the R&D money and start making some serious revenue, they are doing well with the partnerships , need to get this into more comon cars

I hope they'll be making some hefty revenue (and profit) off this!

Sounds great that BB is still moving despite all the going private/buyout/death talk.

They make a LOT of the OEM units that car makers install at the factory; they're MUCH less of a player in the aftermarket tho'

They make robots that build cars! Guess they are into it big. Have a Panasonic Robotic welder at our work. Like BlackBerry they are a closed system. In other word third party developers like Mastercam are on the outside. I think Panasonic and BlackBerry think alike. This will be very interesting.

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

This is a nice move. All the talk of a sale or buyout doesn't make sense if the are signing deals and now this partnership.

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Adding value to a company makes it worth more. This adds value.

Business 101

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At least some good news.Never knew Panasonic messed with cars they offer hardware??? But by the sounds of things looks another one of the competetion jumping on board QNX platform.Should be BBX platform by now too late to rename now.The other company that joined last time scrapped there platform and joined QNX. Just have to keep up the work and keep converting the competition to jump on board.Its hard been number out here eh.

This is positive. BlackBerry & QNX are not sitting still. Good to see some execution from yesterdays dismal announcements.

Information like this, does not lead me to believe that Blackberry is going out of business. They're making strong moves to keep the company at float and to help better the technology world. People are just panicking because of the article that was posted yesterday that stated there will be a possible sale off or going private of the company. Never listen to opinions, only go off facts because opinions may lead you into the wrong direction which will have you disappointed with yourself in the long run. GO BLACKBERRY!!!

Would Panasonic sign such a deal if BlackBerry was done! Not a chance in hell. Would they if they thought bb10/qnx was garbage? Not a chance. This seems to be a very interesting fit. Can't wait for the future software upgrade to my new big screen Panasonic TV which is DNLA capable. My z10 rocking on a TV that knows a great phone!

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

I would buy this new infotainment system on the launch day. If it is only available in a specific car i would upgrade my vehicle based on the infotainment os which to me is more important than the engine make.

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I 'get' your sarcasm, but be careful with statements like that; you may find that 'in-car' system is either ONLY available on a Bentley OR it'll set you back $ 7 Grand in a $42000 Bimmer.

The high-end OEM (factory-option) 7" touch-screen DVD unit with Sat & NAV will set you back almost $1800 (USD1600 ) in a VW, and I'll bet it's quite a bit more in higher-end brands.

Good for BB! Do not go down without a fight. They may not win the war, but their opponents will be know they have messed with the wrong company. BlackBerry proud!

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The best thing BlackBerry can do is go private. Keeps them out of the spotlight so they can focus on getting better.

Canadian Z10 owner on Telus

It's a separate company, although owned by BlackBerry. The article reads correctly, it's a Panasonic/QNX thing. If a Z30 was installed instead, then maybe Panasonic/BlackBerry would be more apt.

way to go BB, right move ! now to spread these QNX goodies around
Like some astute analysts had said, BB with its patents and QNX is worth more than making phones. We are looking long term for the BB10 to mature and compete

BB Panasonic partnership can be massive. More things to come given yesterday's announcement? Closer relationships?

This is an interesting story. Which car manufacturers use Panasonic infotainment systems? Anybody?

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Panasonic makes head units for MANY car manufacturers; the Volkswagen Group (VW, Audi, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborgini, Bugatti, Skoda, Seat ++) is just one. But even there, other manufcturers provide OEM units into the lineup, depending on which model and car-make ... even though many units LOOK the same on the faceplate, everything behind itcould be made in different factories by various vendors (Sony, Denon, + Chinese Mfgs, etc.)

QNX is a white label product in a lot of 'stuff'. Its better for a lot of reasons to keep it white labeled.

This is a balance of great news for the company in light of the rather "Turr-ble" (in Charles Barkley speak) news yesterday. I always wondered why the BB name was not more closely related to QNX. Although, BB referred to it many times, that's a separate brand without the "stench" of RIM's past failures.

Go BB!

From their website, I see...

Land Rover

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To my knowledge QNX os powers Onstar systems in GM vehicles last time so technically it's already in a caddy. Hardware isn't Panasonic.

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Not so much bashing the Q5, as pointing out the by-now-all-too-obvious app gap, the lack of a unified and device-agnostic ecosystem. You can make the greatest smartphone in the world, but fewer apps will ultimately result in fewer customers.

The globe is anti BlackBerry and have been forever. I think it's owned by Apple!

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

This stock has been seriously manipulated....... I think the time for the short thesis and constant bashing of this great company is over........ BlackBerry is making it's come back and smart investors will hold on for a price north of 20......

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It will take a few more years but bb10 will be a lot more front and center and the app developers will be begging to supply the meaningful apps. Or maybe BlackBerry and Panasonic will write the apps themselves!

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

They should also teamup in the aviation area and pimp up their in-flight entertainment system with QNX-Power!

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I hope this results in a BlackBerry/Panasonic partnership. Would greatly benefit both companies in the short and long term.

Panasonic? They still make stereo equipment? When did they ever make car systems??

I haven't heard of any kind of Panasonic stereo system or Walkman since the 80's honestly.

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They started over two decades ago back when Bill Clinton was president. Perhaps another glass of prune juice would be in order.

This is a great partnership. Adding a deck manufacturer is a great idea. QNX pairs with, BlackBerry, iOS and Android already with Onstar. Why not add a deck manufacturer and do the same thing with other cars.

If qnx is what powers Chrysler infotainment systems then they are possibly the best in the business. Car and driver magazine is very impressed with its ease of use, way ahead of what's in Ford. Hopefully they don't make Ford infotainment system too, it's rated at possibly the worst for user friendliness.

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I have close contacts @ Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory in Universal City, CA. The facility is absolutely awesome.


I wonder how QNX can be implemented into their systems?

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For those who have a new Chrysler vehicle with the uConnect infotainment system and the 8.4 inch screen...this was the first shot fired in the QNX-Panasonic alliance I believe.

Chrysler already uses that system but the uconnect 8.4A & uconnect 8.4AN don't recognize the Z10 through usb port.

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