Qt launches novel HMI software framework to develop next-generation digital cockpits

The Qt Company, the leading global software technology provider, today announces a partnership with Bosch, one of the leading automotive suppliers, that will leverage Qt’s unified cross-platform HMI design and development framework to provide automakers with the tools to create a solution -ready digital cockpit

The Qt Companythe leading global provider of software technology, today announces a partnership with: Bosch, one of the leading automotive suppliers, which will deploy Qt’s unified cross-platform HMI design and development framework to provide automakers with the tools to create a solution-ready digital cockpit. The solution provides a turnkey approach for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) in the automotive industry who want to develop their human-machine interfaces (HMIs) to run on AUTOSAR architectures, for example.

Accelerated digitization within the automotive industry has led to increased customer demand for digital cockpits that offer consumers a much more immersive experience, with advanced features. According to Grand View Research, the Compound Annual Growth of Global Automotive Digital Cockpits is expected to reach 8.8% through 2028, and automotive OEMs are seeking well-organized and affordable approaches to developing these cutting-edge vehicle experiences.

With the latest addition of Qt for MCUs, Qt can now be developed and implemented in all automotive grade microprocessing units (MPUs) and microcontroller units (MCUs). The solution can be used in any operating system or software platform environment, including INTEGRITY RTOS, QNX Neutrino RTOS, Android Automotive OS and Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), as well as the latest addition to the Qt offering, AUTOSAR CLASSIC.

The collaboration of Qt and Bosch enables OEMs to build out the full digital cockpit, and for the first time, Qt for MCU enables Qt HMI to be deployed on top of the AUTOSAR CLASSIC platform. OEMs can maximize graphics efficiency and security while reducing bill of materials costs. Development needs can also be scaled up and down when using Qt, and software developed with Qt is reusable and scalable source code. It improves productivity and shortens product time-to-market.

The partnership eliminates the need to purchase additional hardware, as all functions such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and power mirrors can be enabled on a single system-on-a-chip (SoC). The rich user interface for MPUs and MCUs resulting from the HMI and AUTOSAR integration gives the end user unparalleled visuals when using both safety-critical and non-safety-critical HMIs in the digital cockpit.

“Due to the evolving customer demand for digital experience in the automotive industry, Qt is pleased to now announce a partnership with Bosch that will provide their customers with a solution-ready digital cockpit”said Miao Luo, head of Automotive and Design at The Qt Company. “This new approach enables consumers to access the advanced digital cockpit features required by the current state of the industry, delivering memorable experiences to all vehicle users. The ability to use a hybrid MPU and MCU model means OEMs can extract more computing power from the hardware, saving costs and increasing benefits. We are developing a highly competitive and adaptable HMI platform for the digital cockpits, and we are already seeing commercial manufacturing adoption by the OEMs.”

The collaborative work between Qt and Bosch will be introduced at Embedded World (visit hall 4, booth 4-258). Those visiting the booth can also learn more about the Outrun demo, which showcases some of the multi-screen digital cockpits that can be built with Qt. Other highlights at the event include Framery, a connected soundproof pod, an industrial robotic arm that showcases Qt Design Studio’s enhanced features, and a coffee maker featuring Qt’s touchscreen UI digital advertising solution.

Qt is used by more than 1.5 million developers in companies around the world. And with productivity as the cornerstone, Qt enables companies to meet the increasing demands of the software market, driven by the exponential growth of the IoT market and the stagnant growth of available software developers. Qt puts the next-generation user experience at the heart of product development, streamlining designer-developer processes and feedback cycles to ensure a higher delivery success rate.


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