QNX unveils new reference vehicle with Facebook integration and re-skinnable dash

Your ride is about to get personal.

Early this morning, QNX took the wraps off its new reference vehicle, a specially modified Jeep Wrangler — think of it as a software reference design on wheels.

The Jeep offers an example of how developers can use the QNX CAR 2 platform to build digital instrument clusters and infotainment systems, using standard technologies like OpenGL ES and HTML5. In particular, it shows how the platform can help in-car systems become both personalizeable and social-media savvy.

For instance, the Jeep includes:
  • a re-skinnable digital instrument cluster
  • a re-skinnable infotainment system
  • Facebook integration, controlled by voice commands
  • integration with a variety of popular smartphones
  • an HTML5 framework
  • one-touch pairing with Bluetooth smartphones using NFC
  • high-definition hands-free audio
  • tablet-based rear-seat entertainment
  • a virtual mechanic
  • text-to-speech and natural speech recognition

    The list goes on. For a quick pictorial guide to the Jeep, check out my post on the QNX auto blog. And for more details, read the press releases QNX issued this morning on the Jeep's personalization and Facebook features.

    Speaking of Facebook, you can find even more photos of the Jeep on the QNX Facebook page, where you can also see status updates posted by the Jeep itself. (BTW, my marketing colleagues tell me to tell you to "like" the page. So be a dear and hit the Like button... pretty please?)

    A view of the Jeep's head unit. See more photos on the QNX auto blog.
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