Ford Research Lab and QNX Software Systems Team Up to Speed In-Car Computing Designs

DETROIT, MI, Convergence 2002, October 21, 2002 - QNX Neutrino, the realtime fault-tolerant operating system from QNX Software Systems, is at the core of Ford Motor Company's Lincoln Aviator IAV, an engineering concept vehicle unveiled today at Convergence 2002.

The new system supports the development of next-generation in-car communications, infotainment, and telematics applications. The two companies will demonstrate the system running live inside the Aviator IAV - Intelligent Architecture Vehicle - at Convergence 2002, the international congress on transportation electronics being held this week in Detroit, from October 21 to 23 (Booth #333).

Ford's Research Lab and QNX will, in fact, unveil several applications at Convergence, including Bluetooth technology that gives drivers hands-free access to their PDA, cell phone, and other devices. The companies will also demonstrate how an in-car device can wirelessly connect to a driver's home, remotely activate or deactivate their home security system, and possibly display a grocery list by communicating with a web-enabled refrigerator.

The QNX Neutrino RTOS is built on a modular, fault-tolerant architecture that allows the Ford Research Lab to add innovative features to their in-car telematics systems while maintaining automotive-grade reliability. QNX Neutrino is built to recover intelligently from errors or malfunctions in applications and device drivers without suffering its own system shutdown.

"By 2010 there will be over 60 million telematics-enabled vehicles in the US and over 150 million worldwide," said Phil Magney, principal analyst for Telematics Research Group. "Two driving forces - connectivity and digital car capabilities - will be a catalyst for telematics and related technologies in the next decade. The question is not if telematics will happen, but when, how fast, and what functions will become prevalent."

"Ford Research Lab is known for its spirit of innovation and for developing next-generation in-car products and services that improve the driving experience," said Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX Software Systems. "In that same spirit, QNX was founded more than 20 years ago with a focus on building highly innovative yet extremely reliable operating systems for mission-critical environments - from automobiles to atomic power plants."

About QNX Software Systems
Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology. The inherent reliability, scalable architecture, and small memory footprint of the QNX Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Delphi, Siemens, Alcatel, Texaco, and Ford depend on the QNX technology for network routers, medical devices, intelligent transportation systems, safety and security systems, next-generation robotics, and other mission-critical applications. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, QNX Software Systems maintains offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, and distributes its products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit
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