While most eyes are locked on its parent company, QNX continues to hit new milestones.
The Ottawa-based subsidiary of Blackberry announced this week that it has hit 50 million shipped automotive systems to automakers including Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, GM and Honda.
“Almost 20 leading automakers now use QNX acoustics software to enhance the user experience of their vehicles, in products such as Chrysler Uconnect, Ford SYNC3, GM OnStar and Honda BlueConnect. On average, QNX acoustics software is shipped in an automotive system every 2.5 seconds,” said the company.
QNX said its technology is specifically designed to address the challenges of noisy automotive environments.
“Today's drivers expect to hear – and be heard – clearly when they call from their cars, and to have a distraction-free experience. Moreover, the smartphone is driving expectations for better call quality through support for Voice-over-IP calling and Voice-over-LTE technologies. To meet these expectations in the harsh acoustic environment of the car, automakers rely on QNX Acoustics for Voice, which provides patented algorithms for echo cancellation, noise reduction and other voice-enhancement technologies, and on the expert tuning, testing and software support provided by QNX Software Systems worldwide.”
Earlier this year, Ottawa Business Journal reported the arrival of Apple in Kanata, possibly to poach engineers from QNX.
At the time, QNX global director Andrew Poliak said his company first partnered with Apple in the early 2000s to connect iPods to Mercedes.
“We’re really the only operating system I know that crosses the line between the great consumer experience and all those hard real-time critical operating systems that are safety certified,” Mr. Poliak said. “We’ve continued to deploy technology with all the major device manufacturers, whether it be Google or Apple or others that throughout the years, you will find us in a lot of cars enabling the technology. We’re kind of the Switzerland of all the different devices that want to connect to a car.”