QNX Software Systems has announced several new features for QNX CAR, an application platform that speeds the development of in-car systems through pre-assembled reference implementations and a large ecosystem of preintegrated technologies.
The new features for QNX CAR include Google local search, which enables drivers to discover local points of interest; a virtual mechanic, which alerts the driver to vehicle problems and points out the nearest service station; application store technology, which allows automotive OEMs and suppliers to quickly build their own online application stores; and an enhanced HMI framework, which turns Adobe Flash code into full-fledged in-car applications.
- Google local search — This new feature dynamically displays local points of interest (POIs) to help drivers and passengers find nearby restaurants, gas stations, movie theaters, parks, ATMs, hospitals, and so on. Drivers and passengers can select each POI for phone number, full street address, and other information. Automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers can customize POI categories with a simple edit of an XML configuration file.
- Application store technology — The first of its kind for the automotive market, this ready-made solution includes an in-vehicle HMI that allows users to select and pay for applications, a back-end server infrastructure for delivering those applications, and download and installation services. It also comes with example applications, including several multiplayer games.
- Virtual mechanic — The new virtual mechanic application gets OBD-II trouble codes from the vehicle CAN bus and displays them in an interactive car graphic. By simply tapping on the display, the driver can zoom in on areas of concern or find the closest service station or dealership.
- Enhanced HMI framework — The enhanced framework includes ActionScript extensions for direct access to native C code, an application launcher, and window management. Other new features include on-the-fly handling of day/night and localization changes, skinning support, automatic application installation/removal, persistent application state management, service/URL registration and lookup, system-wide support of indicators and notification messages, and a user-customizable favorites bar.