HERE and QNX are creating a more connected car synergy — between sounds, acoustics, location and contextual information combined with infotainment — integrating with other devices in the head unit.
We previously announced that QNX Software Systems added support for HERE Auto to the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment. Now, at CES 2016, QNX will be demonstrating additional integration of HERE navigation in its new technology concept vehicle, based on a Toyota Highlander, and in its reference vehicle, based on a Jeep Wrangler and showcasing HERE maps in V2X command center.
Chris Thompson, product marketing manager at HERE, explains, “Location is moving across screens in the vehicle, bringing the experience to another level in the cockpit.” He says that being able to integrate into the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment allows HERE to present location assets on the cluster screen and the different screens in vehicles beyond the traditional view of arrows on the head unit.
For years, HERE and QNX have been partnering to push innovation in the automotive space. From content to software to analytics and the cloud, the companies are enabling progress of advanced driver assistance systems on the way to autonomous vehicles.
During this time, development cycles for cars have compressed becoming more like those of consumer devices. This has created a need for simpler implementation. According to Andrew Poliak, Global Director of Business Development, QNX, products used to take 3-5 years from initial project to production. Now it’s more like 12 months from start to finish.
He says, “We used to build in pieces like Lego blocks, but now everything is pre-integrated in the QNX CAR Platform. The navigation from HERE, for example, is also integrated. This makes it easier for car manufacturers to build in all the capabilities.”
Drivers may not realize what’s behind their in-vehicle systems, but they have come to expect more and more. Andrew says, “With driver assistance systems, for example, you have to provide comfort to the driver. They want to know something is ‘going on’ in the background and that the system sees more than they see. It makes them feel more secure.”
Location supports safety and security through greater contextual awareness. With the new HERE HD Live Map, for instance, information is more specific than ever. The systems have begun to understand what the driver needs and deliver that information at the right time.
Also, the user interface changes accordingly — like when you need a rear-view camera. It only appears when you are in reverse. Similar things happen as you navigate between end points. When on a highway stretch where nothing is changing for miles, you are provided a different camera angle and different information rather than the 3D corner image only needed in a more urban environment.