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In 2017, Koenigsegg's Agera supercar achieved five different world records in speed and acceleration in a production vehicle, reaching top speeds of 447.19 km/h (277.87 mph).
Today, Koenigsegg aims to accelerate the development of their high-performance software. And with Qt's complete toolkit and the help of Qt Professional Services, Koenigsegg's Jesko has reached the finish line and the market in record time.
The Koenigsegg Jesko has moved away from the traditional instrument cluster. The steering wheel instead hosts a similar functionality, but in a much more compact and racing-inspired packaging.The SmartWheel's UI follows the steering wheel orientation in real-time and keeps its contents in alignment against the rotation when the steering wheel turns. The buttons feature touch displays and haptic feedback. The button displays can adapt their content and functionality according to the current context. The haptic feedback removes the need for the driver to look at the buttons while driving.
The SmartCluster is part of the in-vehicle infotainment system (IVI) and comprises the instrumentation and is displayed with a digital readout rather than with the traditional analog gauges. The SmartCenter is the Koenigsegg design and implementation of an automotive Head Unit. This is part of the IVI which provides a unified hardware interface for the entire system.
Koenigsegg started using Qt when they created the first prototype software for the Regera show car in 2015. They chose Qt for its out-of-the-box compatibility with the reference design boards Koenigsegg used in their prototype development.
What makes Koenigsegg a special case is that they design their own electronics. Inevitably, developing software for highly customized hardware requires a lot more effort, and introducing new concepts and innovations along the way takes extra time.
That's why Koenigsegg hired Qt Professional Services as their box team to help them meet their deadlines.
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Besides the help of Qt's experts, Qt as a framework itself added a lot of momentum to Koenigsegg development efforts.