Garmin and QNX announced a partnership today for their QNX CAR platform. Garmin is going to integrate the new platform for the K2 vehicle infotainment systems. This offers features like multiple digital displays, on- and off-board voice recognition, smartphone integration, and optional embedded 4G connectivity. K2 also provides drivers access to navigation, vehicle diagnostics, a variety of communications options, streaming media, and realtime information from the Web. Check out the details in the release below:
Garmin leverages flexibility and reliability of QNX CAR platform in its next-generation infotainment solution for automotive OEMs
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – August 28, 2013) – QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, today announced that Garmin International has selected the QNX CAR™ platform to power the new Garmin K2 platform, the company’s next-generation infotainment solution for automotive OEMs.
K2’s capabilities include multiple digital displays, on- and off-board voice recognition, smartphone integration, and optional embedded 4G connectivity. The system provides drivers access to navigation, vehicle diagnostics, a variety of communications options, streaming media, and realtime information from the Web. K2 is a highly customizable platform with scalable specifications to meet a range of OEM needs and cost targets.
"Our K2 platform will provide customers with the exceptional in-vehicle user experience they expect from Garmin – and the QNX CAR platform has played a major role in helping us to achieve our goal of providing both world-class software reliability and flexible access to emerging consumer applications," said Matt Munn, Garmin managing director, automotive OEM. "From the proven stability and performance of the QNX architecture to the company’s worldwide industry recognition and acceptance, QNX was the logical choice."
The QNX CAR platform for infotainment systems is based on QNX® technology proven in tens of millions of vehicles. Designed for flexibility, the platform supports a rich choice of application environments and smartphone platforms, as well as a comprehensive set of pre-integrated components to help automotive companies build connected, media-rich infotainment systems.
Other key features of the Garmin K2 platform include 3D-enhanced city model, MyTrends predictive services calendar and text messaging integration, and remote personalization and control via web portal or smartphone. The platform was chosen as a finalist for the 2013 CNET Best of CES Awards in the Car Tech category only days after being unveiled.
"We are thrilled and honored that Garmin chose QNX technology to power its K2 platform," said Derek Kuhn, vice president of sales and marketing, QNX Software Systems. "They have raised the bar for automotive infotainment system functionality, providing an innovative solution that appeals to both automakers and consumers."