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Looking Into the Future of Automotive Infotainment

Try almost any modern infotainment system. Most feel like they’re a decade behind today’s gadgets in terms of touch-screen responsiveness and resolution. So why don’t cars offer us technology on par with smartphones and tablets?

A company called QNX is hard at work answering that question and they invited us to their headquarters in Ontario, Canada for a preview of what’s to come.

Promising a slick, easy to use modern design and hardware plucked from today’s greatest devices, QNX’s idea is sound on paper.

You might not recognize the name QNX, but you certainly know its parent company: BlackBerry. Despite its obscurity at the consumer level, several auto manufacturers already use QNX technology. They include Toyota, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover, Acura and even General Motors.

Big Tech in Little Benz

Even with its strong ties to top automakers, QNX is still pressing to innovate, showcasing its latest developments in a Mercedes CLA 45 AMG. First seen at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, this car features a huge, high-resolution display, a powerful multi-core processor, a spiffy digital dash and all the apps to show off such impressive hardware.
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I think that's good news.

There never has been a reason for the dash / interior of a car to struggle and sit so far behind the curve of technology, when... so many all car manufacturers' marketing teams push so hard for "latest in technology" (despite car parts and theories behind them being several decades old now).

As easy as it is to implement and work around, I have never understood why so many cars with "high tech" packages had shotty screens and unresponsive cores.

As non-car people see it, a car is an appliance, technology is a good thing, but if it doesn't function, don't bring it into the mix.

I've personally had computers that are now 20 years old that work better than in-car tech centers.

Honestly, why is it so bad still today?

A lot of companies are now trying to cover up what horrible systems they had in the past, but they're still junk.

Every 9 out of 10 persons nowadays likely has a phone that is sitting in his or her pocket, that can do at least triple the calculations by comparison.

The Lamborghini Huracan has a dedicated nVidia card in it to process the graphics on the dash alone.
Get it together industry, it isn't 1994 anymore. Everything should be a touch away, and it should come instantly.

But let me go back a step before finishing off this rant.

Take the time to beta test and bug fix all of these fancy dash packages.
It's embarrassing for a new car with fancy stuff come out, only to discover half of the things people are looking for besides just a new fancy looking car, don't even work, or barely work, because all of the technology packages built into the dash were never truly tested.
They were probably thrown out to a side company, that did a crappy job, with a crappy time-frame to complete it in.

So what do you get?

A crappy product.
For some people's yearly pay, it should be able to function.
My Nokia brick from 2005 never crashed, why are these really not fancy gadgets having so many problems?

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