QNX Talks M2M for Car, Home, and More

A decade ago, the word “infotainment” would likely have been a typo. But in 2013, the combination of information and entertainment needs no explanation and automakers are doing their best to innovate around this feature in order to help their models stand out. M2M partners are doing their part in the process.

The latest example comes from Panasonic, www.panasonic.com. Earlier this week the company announced it has chosen QNX Software Systems, www.qnx.com, a company which specializes in software platforms for electronic cars, to develop infotainment systems for automakers in North America, Europe, and Japan. The companies also aim to collaborate on the research and development of advanced technologies to enhance next-generation car capabilities.

Panasonic will make use of the QNX CAR platform, which supports a variety off application environments and platforms, as well as numerous pre-integrated components, which automotive companies use when constructing infotainment systems.

“We know that all the carmakers have differing requirements about HMI (human machine interface) tools, or underlying vehicle support that they need, or various different multimedia frameworks, or device connectivity,” says Andy Gryc, automotive product marketing manager for QNX Software Systems. “So we created something that has the most flexibility, and we do that in a way that tries to make all those components seamlessly work together, and be very modular.”

Specific details in terms of which automakers benefit from this collaboration are currently under wraps. In terms of what sort of infotainment features will be developed, Gryc says it’s difficult to know at this point, but notes all customers have an interest in HTML5-bsaed features and cloud-based services.

While certain pressing questions have been raised regarding security in the connected vehicles, Gryc says it’s ultimately a matter of the industry maturing, and automakers realizing they’re working in a new era.

“For better or worse, many embedded developers have not actually been used to having to create systems that are constantly under attack,” Gryc says. “I think that’s going to be changing quite rapidly … Once we start connecting these cars, we are going to have to make sure everything is written and created in a completely secure environment.”

Gryc says collaborations like that between Panasonic and QNX are opening the door to a larger connected world. This is evidenced, he adds, by the connections already being made between automobiles, mobile devices, and even our homes.

“There are a lot of cool and exciting things that are going to be happening to the car as connectivity becomes more ubiquitous,” Gryc says.

The automotive industry is undoubtedly evolving. What customers are looking for from their vehicles definitely seems to be changing with the times, whether it’s with the addition of infotainment, or other connected features. In the end adaptation may indeed be the key to survival for all players in the industry.

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