Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupé features all-digital instrument cluster and head unit
FRANKFURT, IAA Cars International Motor Show, September 12, 2013 QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, today announced that Mercedes-Benz has selected the QNX CAR platform to power the infotainment system in the Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupé, an exciting new concept vehicle created to showcase Mercedes-Benz latest advancements in user experiences for the car.
The concept cars infotainment system brings the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy to life with a fresh and refined approach to the all-digital instrument cluster and head unit. The digital dials are functional yet sensual in the use of 3D and light, complementing the new interior. The use of particle effects conveys a sense of emotion to the head unit's main menu and mood-based selection of music, while the new Garmin map strikes a balance between form and function so that you arrive in style.
Visitors to the IAA Cars event, popularly known as the Frankfurt Motor Show, can see the concept car first hand at the Mercedes-Benz booth in the Festhalle.
QNX Software Systems has been working with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA) for more than a decade, providing the group with advanced technologies for the specification, demonstration, and prototyping of next-generation vehicle electronics concepts. In fact, Mercedes-Benz was the first automaker to take advantage of the QNX OEM Innovation Labs (OIL) Program, which QNX Software Systems created to assist automakers with research planning and development. The infotainment system in the new Mercedes-Benz concept car is the latest result of this long and fruitful collaboration.
It is a thrill to see how an industry leader like Mercedes-Benz, with its phenomenal sense of automotive design, can leverage the flexibility of the QNX CAR platform to create a unique and compelling driving experience, said Andrew Poliak, global director, automotive business development, QNX Software Systems. When you look at this car, you are looking at the near future of automotive connectivity and infotainment. Its been a privilege to support our colleagues at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America on this project.
The QNX CAR platform for infotainment systems is based on QNX® technology proven in tens of millions of vehicles. Designed for flexibility, the platform provides automotive companies with a rich suite of pre-integrated technologies for building connected infotainment systems that can keep pace with innovations in mobile apps and devices while maintaining automotive-grade reliability.
We designed the infotainment system for the Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupé to be a seamless extension of the digital lifestyle, enabling consumers to leverage existing mobile and cloud-based services to choose destinations easily and simply, in a way that is appropriate for the automotive context, said Johann Jungwirth, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.
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QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY; TSX:BB), is a leading vendor of operating systems, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Mercedes-Benz, Cisco, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for vehicle infotainment units, network routers, medical devices, industrial automation systems, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com and www.facebook.com/QNXSoftwareSystems, and follow @QNX_News on Twitter. For updates on the company's automotive work, visit qnxauto.blogspot.com and follow @QNX_Auto
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