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OTTAWA, January 14, 2009 QNX Software Systems, the global leader in middleware, operating systems, and development tools for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, today announced it has donated one million dollars in software to the Connected Vehicle Proving Center (CVPC) to support research in automotive computing. Building on its OEM Innovation Labs (OIL) program, which provides leading-edge technology to the advanced design centers of automotive manufacturers worldwide, QNX has donated copies of its industry-leading QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, QNX Momentics® Tool Suite, QNX Aviage® Multimedia Suite, and QNX Aviage HMI Player to the CVPC.
The CVPC, seed funded from a $3.1 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s 21st Century Jobs Fund, will use the donation from QNX Software Systems to assist in its research, development, and testing under the auspices of the non-profit Center for Automotive Research (CAR). The CVPC offers facilities for the development, testing, and evaluation of connected vehicle technologies designed to enhance vehicular wireless communications and applications for improved safety, mobility, and convenience.
The QNX software tools contributed will make the centers wireless vehicular applications development capabilities more comprehensive, end-to-end, said Udi Naamani, general manager of the CVPC. The centers development-related offerings and its developers program provide an important support to the industry for moving connected vehicle technologies ahead.
QNX joins the list of industry leaders contributing to the CVPC, which include Aeris, Delphi Automotive Systems, Econolite, Motorola, Navteq, Road America, and others.
QNX is a robust software platform for in-car computing and an important addition to the CVPC, said Scott McCormick, president of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). The superb reliability and innovation of QNXs operating system and middleware technology will be a tremendous asset to the Connected Vehicle Proving Center to advance vehicle connectivity.
We applaud our QNX unit and their role in this bold initiative for leading-edge connectivity in the automotive and electronics industries, said Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman and CEO of Harman International Industries. This action underscores the ongoing commitment of Harman and its business units to invest in R&D and innovation that benefits a broad range of markets and stakeholders. This contribution to the CVPC represents another important step in our commitment to supporting innovation in the car through the advancement of telematics and infotainment technology, said Linda Campbell, director of strategic alliances at QNX Software Systems. Our technology is the foundation for computing systems in hundreds of car models available today and our participation in initiatives like the CVPC and our own OIL program help define the leading edge of automotive computing.
About the CVPC
The Connected Vehicle Proving Center (CVPC) is developing world-class facilities to develop, test, and evaluate connected vehicle technologies and applications. These facilities include a complete set of application development tools, engineering wireless vehicular product lifecycle testing and proving laboratory sites in-lab as well as on public and private roads, and advanced Testing Operations Center for wireless vehicular testing, test planning, test monitoring, data logging and results analyzing. CVPC boasts a team of experts in wireless vehicular applications, their testing and operational evaluation, with decades of experience in both transportation and vehicle systems. A unit of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), a not for profit research organization, the CVPC (www.cvpc.com,) is an enabling environment for a cross-section of public, private, and non-profit entities to work together to advance the connected vehicle industry and market.
About the CVTA
The Connected Vehicle Trade Association (www.connectedvehicle.org) is a non-profit business league established to facilitate the interaction, and advance the interests, of the entities involved in the vehicle communication environment. The association enables the collaboration of companies, organizations, and governmental bodies engaged in developing vehicle communications. Membership is open to any corporation, public entities, standards and specification organizations, educational institutions, and qualified organizations.
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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