Built with Qt: Episode II – Driving the Automotive Industry

Qt is putting the pedal to metal within the automotive industry with our Qt Automotive Suite offering and we have a lot of interesting automotive related #BuiltwithQt cases, videos and demos. We are attending TU Automotive in Detroit this week, where both our partners and The Qt Company will have booths displaying the latest and greatest within automotive.

We had so many automotive showcases at Embedded World 2017, from both our partners and The Qt Company, and in this blog you will find some of the selected ones. It is really cool to see how this industry is driving technology forwards with innovation. There is a good chance you'll see some of these demos at the TU Automotive event as well.

Multi-screen demo on single SoC with Integrity RTOS

As the pressure on proving a unified UX across all screens within automotive is rising, there is also a pressure to keep costs down. QML can save you up to 40% off the hardware cost and really allows you to squeeze the juice out of your hardware. In the following video you can see our multi-screen demo, running on a single SoC using Integrity RTOS and the application manager in the Qt Automotive Suite, based on the Wayland Compositor, for managing the complex architecture.


Gesture Controlled Infotainment

Like straight out of Minority Reports, gesture control is on the horizon – who likes talking to your car anyways when you can make hand gestures to control the temperature of your car? The future is interesting. Check out the gesture controlled IVI using Qt Automotive Suite with our partner, brightONE:


All-in-One Carputer

Our partner, LinkMotion has developed something they call a Carputer, it’s a nifty name for an all-in-one solution consisting of hardware and the Qt Automotive Suite supporting. Oh, and the Carputer is used by a car manufacturer that creates super-fast cars. Some might know them as the raging bull of the automotive industry. Check out LinkMotion's demo of their Carputer:


Worlds Fastest Electric SuperCar

Not only is the raging bull of automotive using Qt, but our friends over at Rimac Automobili have created the world’s fastest electric supercar with a Qt based IVI and digital instrument cluster. The world’s fastest electric supercar deserves the world’s fastest software and there is no wonder why they choose Qt. I could also name some other fast electric mass produced cars who have their in-vehicle screens built with Qt (they might be from Californi-a), but I’ll save that for later. As Damir from Rimac so nicely states: "The Rimac Concept_One is limited to 355 km/h or 220 mph" ­– I wonder how fast it can go without the limitation. And how fast will cars go when they are all autonomous? The roads will be far safer. Will there even be speed limits?


TU Automotive

We are going to be at TU Automotive in Detroit this week. Do come and see us and talk with us about what we can do for your automotive program. Here are some of the featured partner demos at TU Automotive which are built with Qt!

  • Harman | HCAT HMI Solution & Echo Cancelations and Noise Reduction software 
  • Green Hills | Automotive Instrument Cluster HMI built with Qt on INTEGRITY 
  • QNX | QNX Hypervisor, instrument cluster and infotainment built with Qt and featuring Qt, HTML and GL 
  • Mapbox | Qt Automotive Suite running on Intel NUC featuring Mapbox Vector Map integration

At the Qt booth we will be showing:

Multiple Display Synchronization with a Single Processor

Streamline reference UI/UX designs for IVI systems including multiple IVI applications and application store development

  • Independent App process per app enables modern updating functionality
  • Display on multiple screens
  • Qt Wayland Compositor for display composition
  • Embedded Linux running on Intel NUC
  • Qt Automotive Suite

Qt Fast Boot Instrument Cluster  

Boot up your project in 1.2 seconds with Qt (Qt applications are not the limiting factor – the OS and hardware is)

  • Toradex Apalis NXP i.MX6 Quad core processor, 1GHz
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM, 4GB eMMC
  • 1280 x 480 Display
  • Embedded Linux Qt for Device Creation

Check out the Toradex Apalis i.MX6 going head to head with the NXP Sabre i.MX6 to achieve the fastest boot time on a digital instrument cluster:


Qt 3D Studio for Future Automotive Instrument Cluster UX/UI

Qt 3D Studio is an authoring tool for rapidly creating interactive 3D interfaces and applications and was the biggest contribution to Qt ever. Thank you, NVIDIA!

  • WYSIWYG editor for 3D scenes and animations
  • Application deployed on Intel NUC and Google Pixel C
  • Built material and effects library
  • Mix 2D and 3D user interfaces by integrating Qt Quick
  • Combining Qt 3D Studio, Qt Quick Designer, and State Chart Editor

Check out how a 3D HMI is built in less than 30 minutes in the following video:


Qt Automotive Suite gets you first to the finish line whether is in your software development project or in one of the super-fast cars running Qt. If you have questions about creating the digital automotive cockpit of the future, whether it be a cluster with safe rendered components extended with a heads-up display, smack bang in the middle of your windscreen, showing you the way to go in an augmented reality futuristic way or an IVI with a branded look and feel across all screens. And with Qt you can also re-use your code so if you want to put your cockpit in your pocket with our mobile offering and create your companion app for iOS or Android – we've got you covered. Qt really does have everything you need for your automotive program. We even create branded SDKs to make sure your teams and third parties are all aligned using the same tools and libraries. Contact us or come talk to us at TU Automotive. Be there or be…well...outdated.

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