Collaboration to enable greater choice of navigation services for automakers and automotive Tier 1 suppliers
-- QNX Partner News Release --
TOKYO, May 14, 2014 QNX Software Systems, a subsidiary of BlackBerry® Limited and a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, today announced that ZENRIN DataCom Co., Ltd., a leading provider of premium mapping services and products, will integrate its Its-mo NAVI [Drive] 2013 application with the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment.
Its-mo NAVI [Drive] 2013 is a high-performance navigation application for smartphones that provides users with access to maps, local fuel prices, and available parking spots. ZENRIN DataCom and QNX Software Systems will demonstrate integration of Its-mo NAVI [Drive] and the QNX CAR Platform at Smartphone Japan, May 14-16, 2014, ZDC Booth, East Hall 34-5, Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.
According to ZENRIN DataCom, "The automotive market in Japan and the rest of Asia is a vibrant and compelling environment for app developers but market volume is significantly lower than that for smartphones. A cross-platform concept is key as it enables apps to run on both smartphones and vehicle head units with minimal changes. The QNX CAR Platform, with its rich support for mobile application environments, is a very attractive feature for app developers in the mobile world."
QNX Software Systems has licensed its software technology for use in tens of millions of in-vehicle systems worldwide, including 3D navigation systems, multimedia head units, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, and hands-free systems. The company's QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment offers a unique set of pre-integrated technologies to help reduce development efforts and speed time to market for connected, media-rich infotainment systems. The platform is also highly flexible, providing customers with support for a rich choice of application environments, smartphone platforms, user interface technologies, and connectivity standards.
"ZENRIN DataCom are leaders in this space, and we look forward to working with them on bringing the benefits of their industry-leading navigation app to the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment," said Peter McCarthy, director, global partnerships, QNX Software Systems. "We were impressed with the ease of migrating their feature-rich solution, and we hope to integrate more of their products and services in the future."
About ZENRIN DataCom Co., Ltd.
ZENRIN DataCom Co., Ltd. is a leading provider of premium mapping services and products in Japan. The company's vision is to become the new compass that helps people easily obtain the information they want at any time. To attain this vision, ZENRIN DataCom has designed its solutions so that anyone can use them on any mobile device. ZENRIN DataCom continuously seeks to provide services that fit the location-based needs of everyone around the world. In this, the company will continue to strive to be the "compass" for the twenty-first century. For more information, please visit http://www.zenrin-datacom.net/en/company/index.html
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry® Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY; TSX:BB), is a leading vendor of operating systems, automotive software, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Audi, 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, follow @QNX_News on Twitter, and visit www.facebook.com/QNXSoftwareSystems. For updates on the company's automotive work, follow @QNX_Auto and vist qnxauto.blogspot.com.
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