QNX Continues Telematics Drive in Asia With New Deals and Strong Play in China

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  • LG Electronics, Hyundai Autonet, Hyundai Mobis, IBM Korea, and Navis rely on the QNX Neutrino RTOS for next-generation in-car navigation systems.
     
  • Vehicle models from Daewoo, Hyundai, and Ssangyong will feature these navigation systems.
     
  • To ease development and customization for emerging auto market in China, QNX adds new Chinese character code fonts.
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  • SAE WORLD CONGRESS (DETROIT) - Tuesday, March 9, 2004 - QNX Software Systems today announced that four tier-one automotive suppliers have selected the QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system (RTOS) for several next-generation, in-car navigation systems now available in the Korean and Chinese markets. With these commercial deployments, QNX is rapidly emerging as the OS of choice for infotainment and navigation systems in the Asian market.

    To better serve the rapidly evolving auto industry in Asia and particularly China where production of automotive units grew nearly 40 percent in 2003, QNX is also introducing new Chinese character code fonts to ensure easy customization between geographic markets and languages.

    QNX is now working with LG Electronics, Hyundai Autonet, Hyundai Mobis, IBM Korea, and NAVIS to bring the most advanced infotainment systems with simple, intuitive user interfaces to consumers in Asia. In 2004, QNX software will be found in vehicle models from automakers such as Daewoo, Hyundai, and Ssangyong.

    With more than 6 million in-car navigation systems on the road already, consumers in Asia lead the world as early adopters of telematics,” said Dan Dodge, CEO, QNX Software Systems. "Thanks to superior OS technology and strong relationships with top suppliers, QNX has been a leading telematics enabler from the onset, especially in Japan and Korea. Now, QNX is continuing to forge ahead across Asia with Chinese language support and a host of new applications coming to market."

    Given the high density of vehicles on the roads in Asia, navigation systems have taken off as the must-have application for Asian consumers. Improved graphics and 3D technologies, sophisticated location-based services, and increasingly tech-savvy consumers are driving demand for more cutting-edge navigation systems. Today, QNX Neutrino can be found in:

    LG Electronics - Now available, the MTSII from LG Electronics delivers a rich set of features such as voice activation, e-mail and calendar scheduling, and automatic car-accident notification with services such as security-tracking, real-time traffic information, news and weather updates, and is optimized to use Hyundai’s new MOZEN telematics service.

    Daewoo VisionJoy - Designed by NAVIS and Daewoo Precision Industries, the VisionJoy system is an integrated navigation and information unit that uses a touch screen interface, rich 3D mapping, and GPS-enabled communications to provide drivers with services such as traffic and congestion updates, automatic route selection, and detailed “turn-by-turn” voice directions. The VisionJoy system is currently available as an aftermarket product in Korea through Daewoo’s network of automotive retailers.

    The Chairman from Ssangyong Motors -  Similar to the Daewoo VisionJoy system, this navigation unit, also designed by NAVIS and Daewoo Precision Industries, comes built into the new luxury Chairman from Ssangyong Motors, which features a Mercedes-Benz V6 engine and 5-speed transmission. The Chairman is available in Korea and China.

    Shenzhen Hangsheng Electronics - NAVIS is using QNX Neutrino in the development of infotainment and navigation systems with Shenzhen Hangsheng, one of China’s largest electronics companies and a supplier to most of the major automakers in China.

    Hyundai Mobis MTS-1 - Designed by Hyundai Mobis for vehicles from Hyundai Motor Company, MTS-1 is a sophisticated multimedia terminal that delivers traffic information, entertainment, and vehicle diagnostics. Through the MTS-1 unit, vehicle owners will be able to access the MOZEN telematics service from Hyundai, which provides safety services such as emergency aid, stolen vehicle tracking service, and notification of air-bag operation, as well as information about restaurants, travels, stock market, weather, and realtime traffic conditions.

    These in-car telematics units take advantage of QNX Neutrino’s proven realtime capabilities and memory-protected design. A range of integrated QNX software modules, including the Photon microGUI® windowing system, graphics drivers, networking stacks, and a flash file manager, help deliver a seamless user experience.

    Most recently, QNX has included additional features to support customers wishing to adapt their products for multiple geographic markets. For devices requiring display terminals, QNX now supports Chinese character encoding based on the GB18030 encoding standard, as required by Chinese import regulations. QNX’s graphical user interface technology can display Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English characters simultaneously, as well as support multiple language input methods, making it easy to customize applications between countries.

    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 proven performance of the QNX Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications in the networking, automotive, medical, and industrial automation markets. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Ford, Johnson Controls, Siemens, and Texaco depend on the QNX technology for their mission- and life-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 http://www.qnx.com.

    Editorial Contact
    Paul Leroux
    QNX Software Systems
    +1 613 591-0931
    paull@qnx.com

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