QNX Software Systems has announced that automotive supplier Visteon Corporation has chosen the award-winning QNX Neutrino realtime operating system (RTOS) as the software foundation for the digital instrument cluster in the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover.
The new QNX-based cluster replaces traditional mechanical instruments with a high-resolution TFT LCD that displays a virtual speedometer, virtual gauges, and other information. Highly flexible, the cluster can dynamically reconfigure itself as the vehicle shifts from one drive mode to another, providing drivers with the most appropriate information for every road condition. Measuring 12 inches (30.5 cm) wide, the cluster is the largest TFT LCD ever to ship in a vehicle, providing Land Rover with tremendous display flexibility.
The Range Rover digital instrument cluster takes advantage of the high speed, low system costs, and ultra-reliable architecture of the QNX Neutrino RTOS, which has been deployed in millions of in-vehicle systems. Highly scalable, the QNX Neutrino RTOS also serves as the foundation for a variety of other successful Visteon products, including navigation units, handsfree modules, radios, and infotainment systems.
As the leading software supplier for automotive infotainment, QNX has licensed its technology for use in more than 10 million automotive systems, in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Saab, Toyota, Volkswagen, and others.
Earlier this year, QNX launched the QNX CAR application platform, which offers automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers a complete set of pre-integrated technologies to simplify the prototyping and development of digital instrument clusters, infotainment systems, and other connected in-vehicle systems.