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Harman's QNX Software Systems Unit Powers World's Most Advanced "Connected Car" 

04-November-2009 

OTTAWA  -- QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR) and the global leader in operating systems and middleware for the in-car infotainment market, today announced that its award-winning QNX® CAR application platform is powering the ng Connect Program's LTE Connected Car concept vehicle, which demonstrates how Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G networks can potentially bring video-on-demand, Internet radio, and other wireless broadband services to the automobile. Along with Alcatel-Lucent and other leading network, consumer electronic, and content partners in the ng Connect Program, QNX participated in a technology showcase of the LTE Connected Car yesterday in New York City.

 

The QNX CAR application platform provides the software foundation of ng Connect's LTE Connected Car concept vehicle. The platform provides all of the car's system software and infotainment applications, including the realtime operating system, touchscreen user interfaces, streaming media players for YouTube and Pandora, navigation system with Google local search, Bluetooth and portable device connectivity, multimedia playback, handsfree integration, climate controls, Adobe Flash games, application store technology, and a virtual mechanic.

 

"QNX has a reputation for innovation in the auto industry, and from the beginning, it has shared our vision of transforming the in-vehicle user experience through LTE," said Derek Kuhn, vice president of emerging technologies and multimedia at Alcatel-Lucent. "With its deep experience and large-scale deployments in the automotive infotainment market, QNX is uniquely positioned to bring the promise of LTE to next-generation vehicles."

 

As an automotive market leader, QNX Software Systems has licensed its software technology for more than 12 million in-vehicle systems worldwide. Launched in February 2009, the QNX CAR application platform is already being designed into next-generation in-vehicle computing systems and has attracted more than 50 technology partners and automotive customers, including Adobe, Cisco, Daimler, Delphi, Freescale, General Motors, Google, Gracenote, IBM, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Panasonic, Pandora, and Volkswagen.

 

Designed to accelerate the development of in-car computing systems, the QNX CAR application platform integrates technology from a broad ecosystem to create preassembled, ready-to-customize reference implementations, including digital instrument clusters and infotainment units, for manufacturers of in-car computing systems. The platform can easily support new capabilities and applications, including dynamically downloaded content.

 

"In developing the QNX CAR application platform, our goal was to dramatically reduce the time and effort required to bring connected and media-rich automotive infotainment systems to market," said Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX Software Systems. "The LTE Connected Car concept vehicle project demonstrates the power of QNX CAR, which allowed us to take product and applications from multiple ng Connect partners and quickly integrate them into a seamless, personalizable, next-generation user experience. Contributing to the project has been tremendously exciting, and we look forward to many more R&D initiatives through the ng Connect Program."

 

Recently, the QNX CAR application platform won an Adobe MAX award for its innovative use of Adobe Flash technology. The platform also earned a finalist spot in the prestigious Telematics Awards 2009.

 

The ng Connect Program is an ecosystem of industry leaders developing proof cases for next-generation Cloud-based applications that leverage the high-speed wireless LTE networking infrastructure. Other ng Connect members involved in the development of the LTE Connected Car concept include Atlantic Records, chumby, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and Kabillion.

 

Visit the QNX CAR portal

For more information on the QNX CAR application platform, including videos, product briefs, FAQs, and whitepapers, visit http://www.qnx.com/qnx_car_portal.

 

About the ng Connect Program

The ng Connect Program is a multi-industry organization committed to the development and rapid deployment of the next generation of broadband services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) and other ultra high bandwidth technologies. Founded in 2009, the ng Connect Program is supported by leading network, consumer electronics, application and content providers including 4DK, Alcatel-Lucent, Atlantic Records, BUZZMEDIA, chumby, Connect2Media, Creative Technology Ltd., dimedis, FISHLABS, GameStreamer, Inc., Gemalto, HP, Intamac Systems Ltd., Kabillion, Kyocera Communications Inc., LearningMate, MediaTile, QNX, R360, RebelVox LLC., Samsung, SIGNEXX, Total Immersion, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., TuneWiki, V-Gate and Words & Numbers. For more information on the ng Connect Program, please visit: www.ngconnect.org.

 

About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems (www.qnx.com), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, QNX Momentics® Tool Suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industry's most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.

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