OTTAWA, Canada, April 1, 2008 QNX Software Systems, the leading supplier of embedded operating systems, middleware, and development tools for car infotainment and telematics applications, today announced that Czech automaker Skoda Auto has become the latest member of the QNX OEM Innovations Lab (OIL) program, which provides leading-edge technology to the advanced design centers of automobile manufacturers around the world.
With this collaboration, Skoda will leverage QNX technologies to develop the latest innovations in telematics and in-car infotainment systems including navigation, advanced radio, and multimedia systems. As a member of the OIL program, Skoda will have access to QNXs full suite of development software tools, including the QNX® Neutrino® operating system, the QNX® Aviage® multimedia suite, and value-added components such as technology development kits, board support packages, and source code.
As telematics, infotainment, and navigation systems become increasingly significant differentiators in the auto market, staying on top of next-generation innovations is critical, said Dave Curley, vice president of marketing at QNX Software Systems. Together, QNX and Skoda are developing the necessary technology to produce the best in-car experience in the industry.
In-car Infotainment and the OIL Program
Known as the software platform provider of choice for automotive Tier One suppliers building telematics and infotainment systems, QNX Software Systems created the QNX OIL program to provide advanced technologies directly to the research groups of automakers for the specification, demonstration, and prototyping of next-generation vehicle electronics concepts. Today, more than 180 car models worldwide use QNX software to power an array of telematics and infotainment products everything from hands-free mobile phone kits to high-end multimedia and navigation systems. Automakers interested in participating in the OIL program can qualify by applying through the QNX website.
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, QNX Momentics® development suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industrys most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.
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