QNX and Pandora Team Up to Bring Internet Radio to the Car


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  • Pandora joins growing number of technology vendors, automakers, and automotive suppliers working with QNX on next-generation infotainment systems.

  • With 27 million listeners and billions of songs played, Pandora is at the forefront of Internet radio. p>
  • By integrating Pandora and other third-party technologies, QNX CAR program allows automotive developers to accelerate product prototyping and reduce engineering costs.

  • QNX to demonstrate Pandora integration this week at Telematics Detroit 2009 conference.

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    OTTAWA, June 2, 2009 — QNX Software Systems, the global leader in operating systems and middleware for the automotive market, today announced support for Pandora Internet radio. Pandora becomes the newest company to contribute to the fast-growing QNX CAR program, which provides automakers and automotive tier one suppliers with preintegrated software and hardware technologies to accelerate product prototyping and reduce engineering costs.

    This week, at Telematics Detroit 2009, QNX will demonstrate a multi-node infotainment system with integrated Pandora support. Attendees can see the demo in the Amber Room of the Rock Financial Showplace. “Pandora is pleased to partner with an automotive leader like QNX Software Systems because we believe our service is essential to achieving the goal of a truly personalized infotainment experience in the car,” said Jessica Steel, senior vice president, Pandora. “By offering QNX-based infotainment systems equipped with the Pandora service, automakers will allow drivers and passengers to enjoy the same personalized radio experience on the road that they now enjoy at home or at work.”

    Launched in February 2009, the QNX CAR program offers a comprehensive set of technologies, including a connected application platform, sample applications, reference implementations, and a mechanism for delivering software updates and new features to the vehicle. The application platform now includes integrations with consumer media devices, Bluetooth, content management, Pandora Internet radio, and many other third-party technologies. These integrations can drastically reduce the upfront engineering needed to initiate a prototyping program, both for OEMs proving out ideas in a lab and for tier one suppliers competing for their next customer win.

    “Traditionally, software and silicon vendors have worked loosely together, leaving all the integration work to the tier one supplier. By providing preassembled reference implementations and third-party technologies such as Pandora Internet radio, QNX CAR allows customers to skip first-level integration efforts and to work immediately on product development and differentiation,” said Tyler Nelson, vice president of marketing and business development, QNX Software Systems.

    As the leading supplier of middleware operating systems for automotive infotainment, QNX has licensed its technology for use in more than 10 million automotive systems, in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Saab, Ssangyong, Toyota, Volkswagen, and others. QNX powers applications in more vehicle models (200) and is used by more automakers and suppliers than all other OS platforms combined.

    Demos and panel discussion at Telematics Detroit 2009
    In addition to the infotainment demo with integrated Pandora support, QNX will demonstrate a digital instrument cluster in the Amber Room of the Rock Financial Showplace. Andrew Poliak, business manager, automotive strategic alliances at QNX, will participate in the panel, “Open Platform Technology — Roadmap Ahead,” Wednesday, June 3, 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. ET.

    Visit the QNX CAR portal
    For more information on the QNX CAR program, including videos, product briefs, FAQs, and whitepapers, visit http://www.qnx.com/qnx_car_portal.

    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 industry’s 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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