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Harman Software Unit Donates $1 Million in Software for Research in Automotive Computing 

14-January-2009 

QNX Software Systems, the global leader in middleware, operating systems, and development tools for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, today announced it has donated one million dollars in software to the Connected Vehicle Proving Center (CVPC) to support research in automotive computing. Building on its OEM Innovation Labs (OIL) program, which provides leading-edge technology to the advanced design centers of automotive manufacturers worldwide, QNX has donated copies of its industry-leading QNX(R) Neutrino(R) RTOS, QNX Momentics(R) Tool Suite, QNX Aviage(R) Multimedia Suite, and QNX Aviage HMI Player to the CVPC.

 

The CVPC, seed funded from a $3.1 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s 21st Century Jobs Fund, will use the donation from QNX Software Systems to assist in its research, development, and testing under the auspices of the non-profit Center for Automotive Research (CAR). The CVPC offers facilities for the development, testing, and evaluation of connected vehicle technologies designed to enhance vehicular wireless communications and applications for improved safety, mobility, and convenience.

 

"The QNX software tools contributed will make the center's wireless vehicular applications development capabilities more comprehensive, end-to-end," said Udi Naamani, general manager of the CVPC. "The center's development-related offerings and its developer's program provide an important support to the industry for moving connected vehicle technologies ahead."

 

QNX joins the list of industry leaders contributing to the CVPC, which include Aeris, Delphi Automotive Systems, Econolite, Motorola, Navteq, Road America, and others.

 

"QNX is a robust software platform for in-car computing and an important addition to the CVPC," said Scott McCormick, president of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). "The superb reliability and innovation of QNX's operating system and middleware technology will be a tremendous asset to the Connected Vehicle Proving Center to advance vehicle connectivity."

 

"We applaud our QNX unit and their role in this bold initiative for leading-edge connectivity in the automotive and electronics industries," said Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman and CEO of Harman International Industries. "This action underscores the ongoing commitment of Harman and its business units to invest in R&D and innovation that benefits a broad range of markets and stakeholders."

 

"This contribution to the CVPC represents another important step in our commitment to supporting innovation in the car through the advancement of telematics and infotainment technology," said Linda Campbell, director of strategic alliances at QNX Software Systems. "Our technology is the foundation for computing systems in hundreds of car models available today and our participation in initiatives like the CVPC and our own OIL program help define the leading edge of automotive computing."

 

For more information about CVPC, visit http://www.cvpc.com/.

 

For more information about the Connected Vehicle Trade Association, visit http://www.connectedvehicle.org/.

 

About QNX Software Systems

 

QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) RTOS, QNX Momentics(R) development suite, and QNX Aviage middleware together provide the industry's most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. For more information, visit www.qnx.com

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