Symmetry Innovations

Automotive Solutions

Build the advanced systems you need for less!

With 30 years of experience under our belt, we've learned a thing or two about building reliable, compelling in-vehicle systems that are on-spec, on-budget, and on time. In fact, we're the automotive industry leader with more vehicle models (200+) shipped than with all other platforms combined.

Why customers choose QNX?

We offer a unique production-proven automotive portfolio for quickly building high-quality, visually rich products that are the lowest cost to develop, deploy, and service. This portfolio contains an innovative and comprehensive family of technologies, solutions, and services:

  • Solutions - QNX CAR, a unique pre-integrated platform
  • Technology - Awarding winning development tools, deployment technologies, and innovative middleware
  • Ecosystem - industry's biggest and broadest with silicon, middleware, connectivity, tools, graphics, HMI technology, etc
  • Services - tiger teams, customized support, training, and more
Here's how you'll benefit
  • Dramatically reduce your development risks by partnering with the de facto automotive leader - QNX Software Systems has more production experience than any other supplier
  • Measurably improve your bottom line by using a reliable and scalable application platform that provides the lowest costs to develop, deploy, and service advanced systems
  • Build high quality, compelling products by drawing on the industry's biggest and broadest ecosystem of best-of-breed solutions

QNX automotive solutions are tailor made to reduce the cost of development and deployment. We give you the technology needed to implement compelling in-vehicle systems, helping you simplify system design with customizable UI-rich middleware and components complete with low-level infrastructure. Take your design from graphical prototype to final product without re-coding.

QNX Software Systems brings industry-leading production experience and a 30-year track record of cutting-edge technology and innovative programs to our solutions. In fact, they have been created with hundreds of person-years of automotive specific development and integration behind them.

  • Application platform

    The QNX CAR application platform is a pre-integrated software stack that includes production-proven technology from QNX Software Systems and dozens of ecosystem partners. Its reference implementations and reskinable HMI allow development teams to easily create world-class infotainment systems that include:

    → Internet connectivity and browsing
    → Bluetooth and hands-free calling
    → rear-seat gaming and edutainment
    → vehicle monitoring and virtual mechanic support
    → vehicle monitoring and virtual mechanic support
    → navigation with Google maps and local search
    → Pandora audio and streaming video

    See also: QNX CAR Application Platform

  • Instrument clusters

    The digital instrument cluster is the new frontier for in-vehicle electronics. It's a place where safety-critical features meet compelling graphical environments. See why QNX Software Systems has all the right technologies that come together for a perfect fit in this up-and-coming space.

    Business issues

    A well-executed instrument cluster can bring a huge amount of prestige and attention to a vehicle. But a poorly executed one can spell complete disaster, not only affecting sales but creating potential liability. QNX Software Systems can help meet robust and reliable demands while adding sizzle by:

    → Building products to strict safety standards
    → Leveraging development across multiple vehicle lines by reskinning cluster
    → Maintaining rapid development pace despite introduction of new technologies

    Development issues

    Developing a digital instrument cluster requires retraining technical staff for a host of new technologies that aren't in the analog space. QNX Software Systems can help ease the transition by providing ready-made solutions:

    → Move from home-built OS to true RTOS, leveraging standards and the ability to use existing code
    → Create system with "instant" boot speed to meet customer expectations on immediate cluster availability as soon as vehicle is started
    → Use sophisticated 2D and 3D graphics to create rich compelling displays
    → Use dozens of supported third party HMI tools for ease of development

    Our Solution

    QNX Software Systems provides a digital instrument cluster solution that can handle the demanding reliability environment at the same time as providing beautiful, attractive cluster graphics with:

    → Standards based tools (Eclipse) and OS (POSIX) that enables rapid learning curve
    → Component based architecture that promotes software reuse
    → A reliable and certifiable RTOS, which makes safety critical designs possible
    → Adobe Flash and OpenGL-ES based HMI for creating beautiful, compelling graphics

    In addition, many third-party HMI tools (such as Elektrobit Guide, Altia Deep Screen, and Qt) are available through the QNX ecosystem.

  • Hands Free

    The line between a simple hands-free system and a complete telematics system is blurring as OEMs continue to expand and add features to headless modules. QNX Software Systems is a pioneer in the telematics industry, and has the technology and experience to help, no matter how complex the hands-free features become in a deployed system.

    In fact, as of 2010, QNX technology is shipping in over 75 percent of factory-installed Bluetooth hands-free systems in vehicles from Acura, Daimler Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, Saab, Toyota, and many others.

    We are the recognized leader in this space not only because of our industry-leading real-time OS, but also because of the advanced technology in the QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite. The same technology that companies have come to rely on for standalone hands-free systems is now pre-integrated into the QNX CAR Application Platform. The rare combination of acoustic technology and microkernel reliability allows us to help OEM and tier one suppliers meet a growing number of challenges.

    Business issues

    Hands-free systems are morphing from offering simple Bluetooth calling to incorporating more and more telematics features, which drives up complexity. At the same time, escalating costs must be driven down. Balancing these two opposing forces, while continually improving reliability, audio quality, and simplifying or eliminating the OEM tuning process are key to a successful hands-free system. QNX Software Systems understands the business issues driving hands-free systems, and helps solve these issues:

    → Migrating simple hands-free systems into full gateways
    → Maintaining hard real-time responsiveness and life-critical reliability
    → Reducing cost through replacing hardware BOM with software capability

    Development issues

    Creating a flawless hands-free system is a complex endeavor and anything that can be done to make the developer's life easier is welcome. QNX Software Systems provides secure, reliable, upgradeable components for creating hands-free systems that:

    → Integrate with speech technologies for email text-to-speech and hands-free communication
    → Handle noisy environments and double-talk
    → Offer next-generation speech technologies using context-based natural language recognition

    Our Solution

    QNX Software Systems has a repeatedly production-proven solution that improves user experience while making the system development simple with:

    → Best-in-class audio quality for a hands-free solution
    → Elimination of the need for an OEM to do expensive and time consuming tuning for each vehicle
    → Removal of requirement for dedicated speech, AEC, or hands-free DSP
    → Handling of telematics protocols and networking

QNX technology is used in more vehicle models (200+) and by more automakers and suppliers than all other platforms combined. The reasons are simple: We strive for excellence in every line of code, we push to be the first to deliver value into our customer's hands, and we deliver solutions that are the lowest cost to develop, deploy, and service. This gives customers a rock-solid platform and leading-edge middleware on which to build reliable, compelling in-vehicle systems that are on-spec, on-time, and on-budget.

Software architecture

The QNX car application platform provides a reusable software base that can be used in a variety of automotive applications. The common software architecture provided by QNX CAR is used by the infotainment and instrument cluster reference implementations. The software architecture addresses everything from hardware support (BSPs) to human machine interface technology and is complemented by development tools, professional services, a Foundry27 community portal, and an extensive partner ecosystem.


The QNX automotive software stack offers a complete solution with sample applications for Google local search, YouTube player, Pandora Internet radio, media player, phone, contacts, picture viewer, weather, games, application store, and more.


The QNX automotive software stack provides an HMI layer using industry standard Adobe Flash for developing beautiful yet easily integrated HMIs. It extends the capabilities of Adobe Flash with a powerful framework and all the underlying graphics technologies required for rapidly building HMIs that look and perform as well as the latest consumer devices.

OS services

The QNX automotive software stack pre-integrates many of the key components (multimedia, hands-free, software update, speech recognition, and navigation) required for today's automotive projects, saving engineers from significant technical challenges in doing these components themselves.

Core OS

The award-winning QNX Neutrino RTOS offers unparalleled reliability and scalability, and has been deployed in over 200 vehicle models. It is complemented with extensive software components for high availability, fast boot, device connectivity, file systems, and networking.

See also: QNX CAR application platform, QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing, QNX Aviage HMI Suite, QNX Neutrino RTOS

Talk to us to get all the details of the supporting tools and technologies in the areas of:

  • Speech middleware
  • Vehicle bus technologies
  • Bluetooth technologies
  • Web middleware
  • Connectivity solutions
  • Database technologies
  • Integrated applications
  • Tools
  • Multimedia technologies
  • Graphics and HMI
  • System Integration
  • Navigation technologies
  • Java technologies
  • Services
  • Silicon

The complexity of today's vehicles is growing exponentially. Hardware and software must be properly integrated to ensure reliable operations of everything from the suspension to the CD player. With the addition of more consumer-electronics, location-based services, and off-board connectivity, this integration is increasingly crucial to the driver experience. It is this integration process, however, that often bogs down production and creates unwanted delays.

QNX Automotive Solutions provides quality engineering support to help tier one system integrators and OEMs eliminate program delays and meet or exceed project milestones and start of production (SOP) commitments. Based on extensive hands-on experience in automotive development, support, and integration in all areas of the QNX product portfolio, our team of senior engineers applies field-proven engineering and project-management practices to ensure successful results. We currently have a 100 percent success rate helping customers meet their deadlines.

See also: QNX Professional Services

  • Why QNX?

    The QNX Automotive Solutions team is uniquely qualified to help customers eliminate program delays and meet or exceed project milestones and start of production (SOP) commitments.


    We have worked extensively in all areas of in-car computing, including:

    → low-latency audio systems
    → multimedia
    → graphics, displays, and rotating media (hard disks and CDs)
    → file systems
    → peripheral busses: USB, SPI, I2S, I2C


    We have logged hundreds of person years of automotive development, support, and integration in all areas of the QNX product portfolio.

    Service Excellence

    We currently have a 100 percent success rate helping customers meet their deadlines.

  • Benefits


    With hundreds of person years in automotive development, support, and integration, the QNX Automotive Solutions team knows how to manage and deliver complex projects within tight timeframes and budgets.


    By co-sourcing integration and development work with the QNX Automotive Solutions team, customers can focus more time on more important things - like adding high value features to products.


    Members of the QNX Automotive Solutions team have first-hand experience optimizing QNX-based software to perform optimally on partner hardware; we use this experience to help customers cut development costs and speed time-to-revenue.

  • Services

    QNX Automotive Solutions offers three engineering support options:

    AUTOMOTIVE PROJECT TEAM - Dedicated team for long term support, development, and integration

    → Architecture reviews
    → Demonstration support
    → Technology prototyping
    → Driver development and optimization
    → System-level analysis
    → Prioritized enhancements and bug fixing
    → Target platform specific testing
    → Advanced system-level optimization (fast start up, system profiling, BOM cost reduction, mini-drivers, footprint)

    This team includes a project manager, senior developer, and development/test specialist, and is backed by a software development group of professionals focused on automotive-specific projects.

    AUTOMOTIVE TIGER TEAM - Small, focused team for short-term, high-priority, time-critical requirements

    This team can be on-site on short notice to help troubleshoot and solve complex, unforeseen issues. It is supported by resources in the larger QNX Automotive Solutions and core QNX engineering teams. It has close ties with key suppliers of automotive software and hardware products, and services.

    AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN WORKSHOP SUPPORT - Short or medium-term support and development option hosted at Phase Four, the QNX automotive engineering facility

    This service allows your engineering team to work hand-in-hand with members of the QNX Automotive Solutions team. We provide development and lab space for multiple team members, test equipment, prototype hardware, and, if required, the vehicle itself.

  • Process

    Customers who work with the QNX Automotive Solutions team know they are working with a team that has a successful formula to achieving results. The questions we ask when creating a customer plan include:

    → What technology can we leverage to meet customer deliverables?
    → What BSP customizations are needed (custom hardware)?
    → What middleware customizations are needed?
    → What future roadmap or R&D work must be pulled into product?
    → What reference code can be leveraged but must be hardened?
    → What pieces are missing and must be created?
    → What is the division of responsibility between the customer and QNX Software Systems?
    → What is the schedule of work?


HandsFreeLink, a Bluetooth-enabled, hands-free phone system, comes standard in all Acura and several Honda vehicles including the Accord, Odyssey, and Pilot. The system creates a wireless connection to mobile phones and allows drivers to make and receive calls without distracting them from the road. The quality hands-free calling experience is provided by the QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite.


The QNX-based Audi Multi Media Interface showcases QNX graphics technology on top of the solid QNX Neutrino RTOS. The MMI system connects every advanced system in the Audi A8L, Q5, and A6 vehicles, allowing drivers to control everything from DVD based navigation, through Bluetooth communications, to CD audio and satellite radio.


Deployed in over ten BMW models (including the 7-series and M models), BMW's QNX-based infotainment system controls a number of in-vehicle functions such as navigation, audio, iPod and MP3 player connectivity, media management, and Bluetooth hands-free.


Using a combination of the QNX Neutrino RTOS and QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing, the Chrysler Pacifica UConnect offers an optional hands-free, in-vehicle communications system that places calls with Bluetooth phones and provides a clear, reliable calling experience. A microphone in the rear-view mirror accepts voice commands and allows drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.


Daewoo's VisionJoy system is an integrated navigation and information unit that relies on the QNX Neutrino RTOS for its ultra-reliable operation. The system uses a touch screen interface 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. It is available today in the Daewoo Statesman and Winstorm.


OnStar is a subscription-based communications, monitoring, and tracking service provided by General Motors. As a standard feature in all GM vehicles for North America, it uses both the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS for guaranteed performance in emergency situations and the clear hands-free quality of the QNX Aviage® Acoustic Processing Suite.


The Hyundai Mobis MTS-1 navigation system simultaneously manages navigation, a hands-free phone module, a rear-seat entertainment screen, media-rich applications, and user controls such as window lifts, seat adjusts, and HVAC through a single, multi-functional console. The system is built on the QNX Neutrino RTOS and QNX graphics for a trouble-free user experience.

Land Rover & Range Rover
Land Rover & Range Rover

The Land Rover's digital instrument cluster presents driver information through virtual gauges and sophisticated graphics, made reliable by the QNX Neutrino RTOS. Dynamically reconfigured for the vehicle's operating modes, the display is provided as a standard feature in all markets worldwide.


The Porsche Communication Management system is a central control unit for audio, navigation and communications, featuring iPod, MP3, and USB memory stick playback, Bluetooth compatibility, GPS navigation, and more. QNX-based technology coordinates the device connectivity of the PCM system, which is operated through voice control and a large touch-screen interface.


The 9-3 line of Saab vehicles offers an infotainment system that combines Bluetooth, navigation and connection to MOST, provides full navigation and turn-by-turn driving display, and supports an RDS receiver, CD changer, and mobile phone. Saab's tier one supplier chose QNX Software Systems as the OS provider because of our reliable track record of in-vehicle installations.

Renault Samsung
Renault Samsung

The Renault-Samsung 3D infotainment system provides the SM7 with a variety of services, including navigation with traffic updates, air conditioning, car audio, gas mileage, engine control unit monitoring, DMB broadcast, MP3, WMA, and video playback, as well as rear-seat entertainment. This amazing combination of capabilities is based on the QNX Neutrino RTOS.

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