Virtual Maserati Instrument Panel by QNX (10)

Στην CES, η QNX παρουσίασε έναν ψηφιακό πίνακα οργάνων πάνω σε μια Maserati Quattroporte GTS. Θυμίζει αρκετά το ψηφιακό ταμπλό των νέων Audi TT και Q7, με το σύστημα να τρέχει το Kanzi λογισμικό της Rightware και να δείχνει ότι πληροφορίες χρειάζεται ο οδηγός, όπως ταχύτητα, δεδομένα του συστήματος πλοήγησης, προειδοποιήσεις και άλλα πολλά, ενώ συνεργάζεται τόσο με το Apple CarPlay, όσο και με το Android Auto. Το πότε το σύστημα θα περάσει στα μοντέλα παραγωγής της Maserati, αλλά και άλλων εταιριών, η εταιρία δεν το ανακοίνωσε.


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QNX Helps Automakers Gear Up for Integrated Driving Experiences at 2015 CES

QNX demonstrates how seamless integration of infotainment, ADAS, and instrument cluster technologies can enable a simpler, safer, more enjoyable drive.

LAS VEGAS, 2015 International CES (North Hall, Booth 2231), January 5, 2015 — QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, today demonstrated how its comprehensive suite of solutions for infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) can enable highly integrated driving experiences that promote safer driving.

The demonstrations include the new QNX technology concept car, based on a Maserati Quattroporte GTS, and the QNX reference vehicle, based on a Jeep Wrangler. Both vehicles integrate an array of third-party and QNX technologies — including sensors, cameras, navigation engines, cloud-based services, speech interfaces, and acoustics software — to create experiences that simplify driving tasks, warn of possible collisions, and enhance overall driver awareness.

“From vision sensors to smartphones, the car is experiencing a massive influx of new technologies, and automakers must blend these in a way that is simple, helpful, and non-distracting,” said Andrew Poliak, global director of business development, QNX Software Systems. “With its full range of road-proven solutions, QNX is ideally suited to helping automakers and automotive tier-one suppliers achieve this goal, while giving them the flexibility to create experiences that project their unique brand values.”

ADAS Demonstrations To help automotive companies satisfy the growing consumer and regulatory demand for ADAS features, QNX offers the new QNX® OS for Automotive Safety. The vehicles at 2015 CES demonstrate how ADAS systems based on the QNX OS can reliably integrate data from multiple sensors — camera, ultrasonic, LiDAR — to help drivers detect threats and avoid collisions. ADAS features in the QNX technology concept car include:

  • Digital instrument cluster with speed recommendations, collision warnings, and parking assist — Designed to heighten driver awareness, the instrument cluster can show the current speed limit, display an alert if the car exceeds the limit, and even recommend an appropriate speed for upcoming curves. It also warns of obstacles on the road ahead and can display turn-by-turn directions provided by the car’s infotainment system. To simplify backing into tight spaces, the cluster also offers intelligent parking assist, which combines a wide-angle rear-view display with overlaid guidelines to indicate the car’s reverse trajectory.
  • To present the speed information and collision warnings, the cluster uses the EB Assist ADASISv2S Electronic Horizon Solution from Elektrobit and LiDAR obstacle detection powered by Phantom Intelligence. The cluster’s human-machine interface (HMI) was designed by Rightware, using the Rightware Kanzi® UI Solution.
  • ADAS display for enhancing obstacle awareness — This innovative LED-based display allows drivers to gauge the direction and proximity of objects to the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle, without having to take their eyes off the road. Stretching the width of the dash, the display integrates input from the car’s ultrasonic and LiDAR sensors to provide a centralized view of ADAS warnings. The display is based on Active Lighting Technologies from TE Connectivity.
  • Rear- and side-view displays with blind-spot warnings — The QNX concept team has transformed the car’s rear- and side-view mirrors into video displays that offer a complete view of the scene behind and to the sides of the vehicle. The side-view displays also provide color-coded alerts to warn of cars or other objects approaching the car’s blind zones.

All the above systems in the QNX technology concept car run on Snapdragon Automotive Solutions, featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 602A applications processor, an automotive-grade infotainment chipset from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., with support for sophisticated graphics, HMIs, voice recognition, audio processing, and multiple HD displays and cameras.

ADAS features in the QNX reference vehicle, based on a Jeep Wrangler, include:

  • ADAS system that can detect traffic signs and warn of lane departures — To help enable driver awareness, the vehicle’s ADAS system uses Itseez’s sophisticated computer-vision algorithms for traffic sign recognition, forward collision warnings, and lane departure warnings; the corresponding alerts are displayed in the vehicle’s digital instrument cluster.
  • Realtime virtual drive demonstration — Exclusive to 2015 CES, a 12-foot high-definition screen will accompany the reference vehicle to demonstrate how QNX-based systems can process realtime ADAS data. Attendees will experience a real-world driving scenario and see first-hand how the vehicle can dynamically detect objects and provide corresponding warnings and recommendations. The scenario was recorded with Elektrobit’s EB Assist ADTF framework, and the screen will display graphical overlays that illustrate the results of Itseez’s ADAS algorithm processing.
  • Fast-booting rearview display — The vehicle’s QNX-based infotainment head unit features a back-up camera display that can boot up in approximately 0.8 seconds — significantly faster than the two-second maximum mandated by NHTSA.

The ADAS system, infotainment system, and digital instrument cluster in the QNX reference vehicle run on processors from Texas Instruments (TI), including the TI “Jacinto 6” infotainment processor.

Infotainment Demonstrations To demonstrate the flexibility of the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment, both the Maserati and the Jeep are outfitted with full-featured infotainment systems designed for natural interaction with the vehicle. For instance, the Maserati includes:

  • iHeartRadio “Drive Anywhere” radio — Never drive out of range of your favorite AM/FM radio station again. The infotainment system will detect when the AM/FM signal is missing and automatically switch to the corresponding digital iHeartRadio station, so you can continue listening to your favorite local radio anywhere you drive.
  • Natural language processing — More than a simple command-and-control interface, the car’s voice recognition feature uses Nuance’s Dragon Drive speech recognition engine. For instance, if you say “It’s way too cold in here,” the HVAC system will respond by raising the temperature in the car interior.
  • Full-featured smartphone connectivity — The system integrates with popular smartphones through a variety of protocols such as VNC® Automotive, RealVNC’s implementation of MirrorLink™. It also includes a full-featured multimedia engine with background synching of phone-based contacts and music for instant playback.
  • Flexible support for multiple app environments — Apps include iHeartRadio (Android), Parkopedia (HTML5), Pandora (HTML5), and Elektrobit’s EB street director (native application), all running in a Qt-based human-machine interface.
  • Rear-seat controls — A backseat display lets passengers control HVAC functions, as well as navigation, song selection, and other infotainment features.

Flying-Cam SARAH System The QNX booth will also feature Flying-Cam 3.0 SARAH, an Oscar-winning unmanned aerial camera system used to film death-defying camera angles for movies like Skyfall, Oblivion, Prisoners, Mr. Go, and Gone with the Bullets. Features include precision autopilot, gyro-stabilized camera head, survey-grade LiDAR, and GNSS satellite navigation, all controlled by a platform running the QNX Neutrino® OS.

Cloud Platform Demo The QNX booth also features an Internet of Things (IoT) demonstration by BlackBerry focused on the automotive industry. Highlights include remote browsing of vehicle data, log and fault analysis for software troubleshooting and performance optimization, vehicle data and application management, software downloads, and a key fob app that allows a driver to control designated vehicle functions from a smartphone. A second BlackBerry IoT demonstration for asset tracking provides an interface that tracks thousands of truck containers, displays current location and shipping history, and plays back a selected trip segment.

Technology Partner Demonstrations Also at CES, the following members of the QNX automotive ecosystem will demonstrate systems running on the QNX platform:

  • AISIN AW CO., LTD. — Aisin AW will present its 3D navigation solution, running on the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, in the QNX booth.
  • HI Corporation — HI Corporation will present a digital instrument cluster created with its exbeans UI Conductor user-interface authoring tool and running on the QNX Neutrino OS. The cluster will be demonstrated in the QNX booth.
  • Intel — Intel will showcase the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment and a digital instrument cluster, highlighting GPU performance and concurrency on a dual-core Intel® Atom E3827 processor-based automotive system, in the QNX booth.
  • NVIDIA — NVIDIA will demonstrate the QNX CAR Platform running on an NVIDIA Tegra Visual Computing Module (VCM) in the QNX booth and in the NVIDIA booth, LVCC, South Halls 3-4, 30307.
  • Qualcomm Technologies— Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. also will showcase a Maserati Quattroporte GTS. The Snapdragon Automotive Solutions, featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 602A applications processor, an automotive-grade infotainment chipset, will support all QNX-based systems in the vehicle. Visit LVCC, Central Plaza, CP21a and 8252.
  • Texas Instruments (TI) — In addition to the TI technologies demonstrated in the QNX booth, TI will demonstrate the QNX CAR Platform running on its “Jacinto 6” automotive processors. Visit LVCC, North Hall Meeting Rooms, N115-N119.

To infotainment… and beyond! First look at new QNX technology concept car

 The new car delivers everything you’d expect in a concept vehicle from QNX. But the real buzz can be summarized in a four-letter word: ADAS

The technology in today’s cars is light-years ahead of the technology in cars 10 or 20 years ago. The humans driving those cars, however, have changed little in the intervening years. They still need to focus on a host of mundane driving tasks, from checking blind spots and monitoring road signs to staying within the lane and squeezing into parking spaces. In fact, with all the technology now in the car, including a variety of brought-in devices, some drivers suffer from information overload and perform worse, instead of better, at these crucial tasks.Advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS, can go a long way to offset this problem. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes — from drowsiness monitoring to autonomous emergency braking — but most share a common goal: to help the driver avoid accidents.Which brings us to the new QNX technology concept car. As you’d expect, it includes all the advanced infotainment features, including smartphone connectivity and rich app support, offered by the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment. But it also integrates an array of additional technologies — including cameras, LiDAR, ultrasonic sensors, and specialized navigation software — to deliver ADAS capabilities that simplify driving tasks, warn of possible collisions, and enhance overall driver awareness.

Mind you, the ADAS features shouldn’t come as any more of a surprise than the infotainment features. After all, QNX Software Systems also offers the QNX OS for Automotive Safety, a solution based on decades of experience in safety-critical systems and certified to ISO 26262, Automotive Safety Integrity Level D — the highest level achievable.

Okay, enough blather. Time to check out the car!

The “I want that” car If the trident hasn’t already tipped you off, the new technology concept car is based on a Maserati QuattroPorte GTS. I won’t say much about the car itself, except I want one. Did I say want? Sorry, I meant lust. Because omigosh:

The differentiated dash Before we run through the car’s many features, let us pause to savor the elegant design of its QNX-powered digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. To be honest, I have an ulterior motive for sharing this image: if you compare the systems shown here to those of previous QNX technology concept cars (here, here, and here), you’ll see that they each project a distinct look-and-feel. Automakers need to differentiate themselves, and, as a group, these cars illustrate how the flexibility of the QNX platform enables unique, branded user experiences:

The multi-talented digital instrument cluster Okay, let’s get behind the wheel and test out the digital cluster. Designed to heighten driver awareness, the cluster can show the current speed limit, display an alert if you exceed the limit, and even recommend an appropriate speed for upcoming curves. Better yet, it can display turn-by-turn directions provided by the car’s infotainment system.

Normally, the cluster displays the speed limit in a white circle. But in this image, the cluster displays it in red, along with a red bar to show how much you are over the limit — a gentle reminder to ease off the gas:

Using LiDAR input, the cluster can also warn of obstacles on the road ahead:

And if that’s not enough, the cluster provides intelligent parking assist to help you back into tight spaces. Here, for example, is an impromptu image we took in the QNX garage. The blue-and-yellow guidelines represent the car’s reverse trajectory, and the warning on right says that you are about to run over an esteemed member of the QNX concept team!

The rear- and side-view mirrors that aren’t really mirrors By their very nature, car mirrors have blind spots. To explore how to address this problem, the QNX concept team has transformed the car’s rear- and side-view mirrors into video displays that offer a complete view of the scene behind and to the sides of the vehicle. As you can see in this image, the side-view displays can also display a red overlay to warn of cars, bikes, people, or anything else approaching the car’s blind zones:

The ADAS display for enhancing obstacle awareness I don’t have pictures yet, but the car also includes an innovative LED-based display lets you gauge the direction and proximity of objects to the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle — without having to take your eyes off the road. Stretching the width of the dash, the display integrates input from the car’s ultrasonic and LiDAR sensors to provide a centralized view of ADAS warnings.

The easy-to-use infotainment system To demonstrate the capabilities of the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment, we’ve outfitted the car with a feature-rich, yet intuitive, infotainment system. For instance, see the radio tuner in the following image? That’s no ordinary tuner. To change channels, you can just swipe across the display; if your swipe isn’t perfectly accurate, the radio will automatically zero in on the nearest station or preset.

Better yet, the radio offers “iHeart drive anywhere radio.” If you drive out of range of your favorite AM/FM radio station, the system will detect the problem and automatically switch to the corresponding digital iHeartRadio station. How cool is that?

Other infotainment features include:

  • Natural voice recognition — For instance, if you say “It’s way too cold in here,” the HVAC system will respond by raising the heat.
  • Integration with a wide variety of popular smartphones.
  • Support for multiple concurrent app environments, along with a variety of Android and HTML5 apps, and an HMI built with the Qt framework.
  • A backseat display that lets passengers control HVAC functions, navigation, song selection, and other infotainment features.

The oh-so-awesome partners The car is a testament not only to QNX technology, but to the ecosystem of technology partners that provide complementary solutions for QNX customers. Peek under the hood, and you’ll find the latest tech from Elektrobit, iHeart, Nuance, Pandora, Parkopedia, Phantom Intelligence, Qualcomm, RealVNC, Rightware, and TE Connectivity.

The other stuff Do not, for one minute, think that the Maserati is the only attraction in the QNX booth. Far from it. We will also showcase a significantly revamped QNX reference vehicle, outfitted with lane departure warnings, traffic sign recognition, and other ADAS features, as well as the latest version of the QNX CAR Platform — more in an upcoming post.

Visitors to the booth will also have the opportunity to experience:

  • a 3D navigation solution from Aisin AW
  • a digital instrument cluster designed by HI Corporation
  • two QNX CAR Platform demo systems, one powered by a dual-core Intel Atom E3827 processor, the other by an NVIDIA Tegra Visual Computing Module
  • the latest incarnation of the Oscar-winning Flying Cam SARAH aerial camera system