Blackberry’s QNX division seem want to expand their field of work and next target is your cars beside smartphone. The engineers they buried a capacitive screen that is running the most recent build of the QNX, and replaces the existing standard head unit in the Porsche 911 convertible supercar.
The system integrates the standard music, nav and telephony functionality with one-touch Bluetooth pairing over NFC, a sweet-sounding VOIP system. The screen in the car looked almost exactly like a BlackBerry PlayBook but the QNX UI was limited and simpler which you might expect from a moving vehicle. More information was available at the top layer without the user having to dig deeper to reach certain applications. Without having to find specific menus, the driver could get the time, temperature, and information on which track was being played on a CD. The tablet like screen replaced the dashboard in the car.
As you can see in the video below, these arrangements are interesting and quick setup, that does everything from VOIP to navigation. Because running the same software with the BlackBerry Playbook, in theory the head unit can run Android applications.
QNX didn’t say when we could see this interface start appearing in new vehicles, although it would be up to the car manufacturers anyway to determine when we might see this modification in a car.