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.
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.
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.
A camera rests inside of the Maserati's vents. These images are projected into the side monitors.
A fin, which provides connectivity and a rear view camera, provides a view of what's behind the Maserati.
The image from the fin is projected into the dash for better visibility.
BlackBerry's QNX unit opted for a big screen console to a) eliminate distractions and b) make navigation easier.
3D mapping fromQNX’s partner Elektrobit is integrated into the dash for directions.
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.