QNX Powers World's Most Advanced Connected Car Concept with Next-Generation Infotainment Platform

Wed Nov 4, 2009 8:01am EST

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QNX Powers World's Most Advanced Connected Car Concept with Next-Generation
Infotainment Platform


OTTAWA, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- QNX Software Systems, a Harman International
(NYSE: HAR) company 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, a unit of Harman International (NYSE: HAR), 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. Visit www.qnx.com.

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