Although the smartphone market seems pretty saturated with a flurry of new android devices almost every week and a seemingly incessant demand for iPhones, the demand for "infotainment" systems in the car industry is one that is still in the early stages of growth and is rapidly approaching an explosion as its becoming more commonplace to have infotainment systems as a "stock" option in cars.
It is no secret that the underlying architecture that powers BlackBerry 10 is QNX, but not many consumers know that QNX may already be in their cars. That may soon change as RIM is also innovating in the car industry with their award-winning QNX CAR 2 system built on HTML5.
In a press release made available this week, the QNX CAR 2 system has been recognized as a honoree in Design and Engineering Awards in the Software & Mobile Apps category for the International CES Innovations trade show taking place in 2013. Honorees will be displayed at the official press event of the International CES on Sunday, January 6 in Mandalay Bay. They will also be on display at the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at the 2013 International CES, which runs January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read below for more info.
QNX Software Systems Limited , a global leader in software platforms for the in-car infotainment and telematics market, today announced that its QNX CAR 2 application platform has been named an International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree, in the Software & Mobile Apps category. The prestigious program was created to honor outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics products across 29 product categories. Products are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers, and members of the media.
The QNX CAR 2 application platform is a pre-integrated software stack designed to reduce the time and effort of creating highly sophisticated and personalizeable in-car infotainment systems. It is now being evaluated by select automakers and tier one automotive suppliers for use in next-generation infotainment systems.
"This has been a tremendous year for us, especially for the QNX CAR 2 application platform, which has seen exceptional validation from the automotive community," said Derek Kuhn, vice president, sales and marketing, QNX Software Systems. "We look forward to continuing this momentum throughout 2013, and the CES Innovations Design and Engineering award is a great way to start the new year."
The Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ®, the producer of the International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.
Honorees will be displayed at CES Unveiled, the official press event of the International CES, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 6 in the South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay. They will also be on display at the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase in The Venetian at the 2013 International CES, which runs January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Separately, QNX Software Systems will also exhibit at CES 2013 in the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall, booth number 1837.
The Innovations entries are judged on the following criteria:
- Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
- Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
- The product's intended function and user value
- Unique or novel features that consumers would find attractive
- How the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace
- To be selected as an Innovation honoree, a product needs to demonstrate innovative design and engineering. For example, it may be the first product to combine various technologies or it may offer dramatic enhancements over previous product designs.
Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on the CES Innovation Awards web page, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.