Automotive software suite concentrates on connected cars
At this week’s TU-Automotive Detroit, Qt launches the Automotive Suite v1.0 in partnership with Pelagicore and KDAB. The suite of automotive-specific components and tooling is expected to realise significantly lower development costs and faster time to market. It frees up designers and engineers to focus on building high quality digital experiences for connected car and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems.
The company develops and delivers the Qt development framework under commercial and open source licenses. It points out that one of the key benefits of being open is the extensive ecosystem of developers and partners for joint innovation.
Rather than delivering separate tools and capabilities, the company has built platform elements, enabling fast ramp-ups for any automotive program. The pre-built automotive suite can be used on the selected hardware to start differentiating development immediately, as all the preparatory development is done.
It believes the platform provides an unbroken tool chain from prototyping to production to allow rapid development, deployment, debugging and testing.
The modern, multi-process architecture enables fluid 2D and photo-realistic 3D user experiences in combination with secure cloud services for connected cars. The dual licensing scheme enables car makers to develop an eco-system of innovation around their IVI offerings – from concept to production.
Being cross-platform allows Qt applications to also build and run on desktop systems, before target hardware becomes widely available. Qt code can also be re-used for mobile companion apps, reducing development cost while providing a more consistent user experience across the board, says the company.
The suite includes high-level inspection tools that allow diagnostics on target or in a fully or partially simulated environment. It also provides building blocks to create custom tools for frameworks.
Visit The Qt Company booth #C139, TU-Automotive Detroit 2016