QNX is a commercial Unix-like real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded systems market. The product was originally developed by Canadian company QNX Software Systems with founders Gordon Bell and Dan Dodge, students at the University of Waterloo in 1980. QNX now powers the BlackBerry PlayBook and is the core operating system used in BlackBerry 10 as well as the QNX Car Platform.
The hub-and-spoke architecture of QNX allows for many applications to run simultaneously, securely and stably. The real-time, POSIX-compliant operating system was owned by Harman Technologies before being acquired by BlackBerry, and continues to be used in integrated automotive systems and industrial applications.
I have to admit, this is probably the last thing I thought I would be writing about on a Friday but alas, we all know QNX powers a lot of stuff in this world so I suppose it comes as no real surprise. Neato Robotics, a robotics company located in Newark, California, has chosen the QNX Neutrino operating system as the software platform for the new Neato BotVac series of robot vacuums due to its superior realtime performance and efficient use of system hardware, as well as for its flexibility to support new product features.Continue Reading →
Today Apple made CarPlay official. Automobile makers who support the technology will essentially be implementing a way for drivers to interact with their iPhone through the car's infotainment system, which includes the car's touch screen, microphone, buttons, etc.
It's important to point out that the cars are not running iOS. Apple would probably never license iOS to anyone, so we're really just talking about something the equivalent of a control protocol and toolkit for rendering iOS app data on an external (car) display.
Why is this relevant to BlackBerry? Because it strikes me as obvious that no car manufacturer is going to ever agree to an exclusive deal where they can only support CarPlay, or Android Projected Mode, or whatever other automotive interaction platform exists.Continue Reading →
Although there has been plenty of talk surrounding Ford and their possible ousting of Microsoft for QNX in their next-generation Sync systems, Fords managing director Pin van der Jagt has now stated the rumors are not entirely accurate, although Ford is looking towards other vendors for the system as part of normal business operations.Continue Reading →
Today QNX has introduced their latest generation QNX Neutrino OS. The QNX OS 6.6 is designed to bring new graphics, UI, security and more to developers and allows them to create all kinds of products for everything from industrial automation to in-flight entertainment. QNX OS 6.6 is tops for security, adding things like enhanced heap, stack, and memory layout protection to help thwart potential malware.
QNX OS 6.6 and the QNX SDK for Apps and Media is scheduled for February 28th.Continue Reading →
Back during CES, QNX and Qualcomm announced the first In-car Infotainment system powered by Snapdragon Automotive Solutions and with that event over, it's onto Mobile World Congress where there will be a full on demo of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Solutions/QNX CAR Platform happening.Continue Reading →
Ford is reportedly ready to ditch Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry's QNX car platform in future upgrades of its in-car Sync system. Ford has had various issues with their MyFord and Sync systems over the last few years, bringing down their quality ratings and causing them to seek other options for their vehicle infotainment systems. They are said to be making the switch to the QNX platform for all of these systems in the very near future.Continue Reading →
On the Inside BlackBerry Blog today, CEO John Chen introduced QNX Software Systems' new Cloud business. The dedicated group will be a part of QNX and will "support the Internet of Things" — bringing solutions for embedded platforms, networks and devices as well as machine to device interaction. The group will work alongside the existing organizations that already serve the embedded market and will be dedicated to bringing the solutions to market in a timely and cohesive manner.
Alec Saunders has been named as the Vice President of the QNX Cloud business. Marty Mallick has now been appointed as Vice President, Global Alliances and Ecosystems which combines his current role with developer relations.
Read the full post below.Continue Reading →
This year at CES the QNX team had no just one, but two new cars to show off. The Porsche and Bentley are back in the garage and replacing them is a Kia Soul and a sweet Mercedes CLA45 AMG. I had the pleasure of strapping into the drivers seat of both cars to check out all of the awesome tech QNX packed in this year.Continue Reading →
This week the world of mobile computing turned its attention to the automobile industry because of fresh headlines that Google has signed a deal with Audi to power its in-car entertainment and information systems.
This isn’t a new topic, obviously. Last October I had a conversation with a hard working Bay Street analyst who told me he’d been talking to plenty of car manufacturers and many of them were looking at Android, not QNX. We’ve also seen Apple working on in-car iOS deals with a huge list of car makers.Continue Reading →
The QNX team again has a hand in some new car tech, this time for engine noise reduction in vehicles. The QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control integrates with current vehicle infotainment systems and uses existing audio hardware. Rather than having a standalone unit, the system is able to reduce engine noise without added costs to both manufacturers and car buyers.Continue Reading →
Another awesome car is now sporting a hot QNX infotainment system. The Mercedes-Benz concept S-Class Coupe was revealed this week and it was just announced that packed inside is a sleek QNX-powered system. The two companies have been working together for years but the S-Class Coupe is the latest to show off just how far things have come.
Inside the 449 hp Biturbo V8 coupe sites a high-tech system complete with two 12.3 inch displays, a touchscreen with four world clocks, a stereo camera with a front 3D view, "6D vision" to detect objects in front of the car and a variety of other systems to monitor surrounding traffic.
Check out the full press release below for all the details and then head here to check out more of the S-Class Coupe.Continue Reading →
It was announced today that QNX has been selected by Garmin to power the new Garmin K2 platform. The K2 platform is the next generation of vehicle infotainment solutions and will include capabilities such as multiple displays, voice recognition, smartphone integration, 4G connectivity and more. The systems will provide in-car access to navigation, streaming media and real time web information. The customizable K2 platform will be able to meet a large variety of OEM needs and costs.Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
Vector is Mobile Nation's newest show. It takes the most important topics in technology today, focuses on them from interesting angles, and then discusses the hell out of them. On this episode, Tim Stevens, star of auto and gadget blogs, joins Rene to talk about the computerization of cars, including launch controls, self-driving vehicles, Microsoft Sync, BlackBerry QNX, and iOS in the Car, and the explosive potential of hacking engines.Continue Reading →
Showing off the goods at Telematics Detroit, QNX demonstrated a new version of their QNX car platform. The new version will allow developers to do even more as it now supports Android applications as well as those built with the Qt5 framework.
The platform already supported OpenGL ES and HTML, so the new additions make thing even better all around. Much like BlackBerry 10, the QNX software will run Android applications in a separate "sandbox" to protect the system from any unwanted content.Continue Reading →
Is the QNX a good thing or should they just change it to BlackBerry?Continue Reading →
7digital and QNX have announced today that they have partnered up and will be bringing 7digital's catalog of over 23 million songs to the QNX car platform. BlackBerry has worked extensively with 7digital in the past, most recently integrating their digital music store with the BlackBerry World storefront. Now, any vehicles using QNX-powered devices will be able to integrate the entire digital music store directly into in-vehicle systems. The new partnership will allow for users to purchase digital music on the go, right from their dashboard in vehicles like Audi, BMW, Honda and Toyota.Continue Reading →
When BlackBerry 10 launches this week, it will mark a major transition in the underlying operating system that powers BlackBerry. From the moment that BlackBerry 10 hits the market, the operating system that powers devices will now be the QNX Neutrino Real Time Operating System (RTOS).Continue Reading →
QNX unveiled their latest concept car at CES this week and it was a big hit on the show floor. A Bentley GT is always an eye-catcher, but outfit it will crazy QNX goodies and it's even more over the top. The QNX Porsche was awesome, but this Bentley is ten a hundred times as awesome. Kevin took the driver's seat as Dan Dodge himself took him through all of the QNX features in the car ranging from the oversized touchscreen console right down to the digital dash cluster (which has the same core as the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha).Continue Reading →
QNX has been showing off their car platform technology in a Porsche 911 for a while now, but it seems that they wanted to step things up a bit a lot. As posted on the QNX blog today, their new concept car is a sparkling Bentley Continental GT. Sticking hard to the "go big or go home" attitude, QNX has gone all out this round. The new concept car features a huge center stack with full HD graphics, optical touch input technology and a physical control knob to be mounted directly on the screen. The screen supports full 3D naviagtion, media player and even as the car's virtual mechanic.
The digital dash cluster is also customizable and features a tach, gas gauge, temperature gauge and much more. Of course you'll also find voice control, smartphone support and much more in this crazy tricked out car. I for one am excited to check this bad boy out in person (whenever that may be). Plenty more to come on this for sure, but for now head over to the QNX blog for more and keep reading for the full press release.Continue Reading →
The QNX car platform has has done some amazing things over the years and today adds another great feature to their already big arsenal. The new in-car speech recognition framework will now recognize a speakers intent for voice commands. The framework allows applications to access AT&T Watson which provides a more natural understanding of spoken commands. This means users can do things like create calendar appointments, dictate email, give voice navigation instructions or even perfom internet searches. Very cool stuff that adds to the already amazing QNX car platform. Check out the full press release below.Continue Reading →