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BlackBerry's QNX and what it would do with a Maserati

BlackBerry has big plans for its QNX unit, which plays in the automotive middleware market. Here's a look at what QNX would do with a Maserati concept vehicle.
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Maserati a proof of concept for QNX

BlackBerry's QNX software is embedded in a wide range of industries ranging from healthcare to utilities to automotive. BlackBerry's master plan is to plug QNX into its security and Internet of things tools to offer a stack of software. Here's a look at QNX's role in autos as middleware and a concept Maserati.

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Rear View monitor

One of the things most interesting about the QNX Maserati concept was its decision to eliminate mirrors and replace them with monitors powered by cameras. Here's a look at the rear view mirror, which is high enough to eliminate any interference from the back seat.

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Side monitor meets sensor

The side mirrors are also monitors. The red line indicates that someone is in the blind spot. There is also a sensor to highlight emerging issues.

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Side camera

A camera rests inside of the Maserati's vents. These images are projected into the side monitors.

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The connectivity and camera fin

A fin, which provides connectivity and a rear view camera, provides a view of what's behind the Maserati.

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Dashboard view

The image from the fin is projected into the dash for better visibility.

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Big screen in cockpit

BlackBerry's QNX unit opted for a big screen console to a) eliminate distractions and b) make navigation easier.

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3D mapping

3D mapping fromQNX’s partner Elektrobit is integrated into the dash for directions.

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What's next?

Although QNX produced a concept vehicle with its own user interface, the BlackBerry unit serves as middleware and a base operating system. In production models, QNX would be underneath Apple's CarPlay, Android or a user interface created by automakers contracting a third party like Panasonic. BlackBerry's goal is to use QNX as an ingredient brand for its other offerings.

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