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QNX Unveils New Reference Design Jeep Wrangler CAR 2


We told you that QNX’s Auto team was holding a contest to guess the next reference vehicle. That vehicle has now been announced as a Jeep Wrangler Sahara and the 17 people who guessed it correctly are getting their $25 Starbucks gift cards. The new Jeep Wrangler CAR 2 prototype  demonstrates new features like the car posting updates to Facebook that list the song and artist of the current playing songs. You can also control that function using voice commands. A demo was setup for the Jeep during Telematics Detroit which you can find on the QNX Software Systems’ Facebook page.


Other features include a reskinnable digital instrument cluster, infotainment system, media player, smartphone integration, NFC pairing, and Ultra HD hands free communication. You can check out more slick pictures of the Jeep Wrangler on Flickr. Keep in mind the whole user interface is designed in HTML5.


Other highlights of the new reference vehicle include:

  • auto-centric HTML5 framework for leveraging the mobile ecosystem
  • integration with a variety of popular smartphones
  • one-touch Bluetooth pairing with smartphones using NFC (Near-Field Communications)
  • Ultra HD hands-free communication
  • DLNA support for phone and home -based media>
  • tablet-based rear-seat entertainment
  • a reconfigurable digital instrument cluster
  • The vehicle also integrates a variety of partner technologies, including hybrid navigation from TCS and Telenav, text-to-speech and natural speech recognition from Vlingo and AT&T, streaming Internet radio from Pandora and TuneIn, integrated weather reporting from the Weather Network, parking search from Best Parking, FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air) software updates from Red BendSoftware, and integrated Bluetooth profiles from Sybase iAnywhere and Cybercom.


QNX Software Systems has licensed its software technology for use in millions of in-vehicle systems worldwide, including digital instrument clusters, hands-free systems, multimedia head units, connectivity modules, and navigation systems.

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  1. Does anyone know the market share of QNX? I’m baffled as to why the market does not seem to price the value of the QNX car business into RIM’s stock price. Within about 10 years pretty much everyone will be driving a “smart car,” but the market seems to value this market for RIM at zero.

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