RIM develops QNX-styled interface for Porsche 911

RIM develops QNX-styled interface for Porsche 911
Despite all appearances as a company on the slippery slope downhill, RIM still has some mighty blue-blooded friends. Take Porsche for example. The Porsche Design BlackBerry P9981 is now up for pre-order at a mere $1,700 a pop. And the RIM-Porsche connection goes even further.At the Canadian manufacturer's CES display in Las Vegas, RIM-owned QNX showed off a BlackBerry PlayBook style interface for the inside of a Porsche 911.

The interface controlled phone calls, including making VoIP calls, playing music, internet access, apps and navigation. 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.

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. Although RIM seemingly hasn't much to brag about these days, don't be surprised if Porsche gets fist crack at the interface.

source: electronista

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10 Comments

1. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

RIM buying QNX was one of the smartest things it has done in recent memory. Even if they don't make much $ elseware, (like selling BB7 phones), this will get them into the auto industry and keep them going. QNX is everywhere and if RIM owns them, then there should be a cashflow on hand. If they do successfully apply the OS to the next line of phones as promised and can make them a success, they stand a chance for a comeback. But with the current track record, it will be uphill, with no shoes, on molten glass all the way.

2. thelegend6657 unregistered

The play book ui is fantastic , hope to see it in my car !

5. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Oh without a doubt! I love it, and am using it right now :) I recently got the new Bold and had the PlayBook day 1 and the combination is awesome. That always on data connection through my BlackBerry using it's internet that I'm already paying for is a total win. No other tablet does that.

10. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

uh other tablets do in fact do that.. but it relies on the phone's capabilities not the tablet… and playbooks are only good if u actually have a blackberry

3. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

what if future cars will have the compatibility of connecting tablets as the car's interface? hmmm

4. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

what happen if hacker "doing something" with that os ?

6. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Nice but I would rather have w8

7. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

"Without having to find specific menus, the driver could get the time, temperature, and information on which track was being played on a CD." I have had these features in my vehicles since like 1998

8. GeekMovement unregistered

That still doesn't change my mind about how dumb the blackberry porsche mobile device is for $1700.

9. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

It's Ideal for Porsche owners though. Not only will they have their porsche jacket, hat, driving gloves and belt. They can now have the cell phone they take with them to formal events that will still let everyone know the are a porsche owner and have a very expensive taste for things that can't do many of the things more modern devices can. If you own a porsche, it's a must have accessory to bring with you to the auto club.

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