Qualcomm: Pursuing Next-Gen Connected Car with Snapdragon

Qualcomm is upping the ante in the automotive space with Snapdragon Automotive Solutions in the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, which supports high-performance video and graphics capabilities for connected infotainment systems. The solutions are designed for a more interactive in-car experience, and allow things such as streaming movies and music directly to the vehicle with multiple tasks executed in different locations within the car.

The move — implemented through the Qualcomm Technologies subsidiary in conjunction with QNX Software Systems Limited — marks the first automotive implementation of the complete Snapdragon Automotive Solutions. The technology is being demonstrated in a QNX reference vehicle — a specially modified Jeep Wrangler — in the North Hall at CES.

Snapdragon Automotive Solutions include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A applications processor with support for high-resolution graphics and HMIs, facial, gesture and voice recognition, high-quality audio processing and image stitching, and multiple HD displays and cameras.

Qualcomm Gobi 3G/4G LTE modems bring multimode cellular connectivity, and Qualcomm VIVE adds in-car Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The set up will enable the next-generation of connected-car infotainment, including enhanced 3D navigation, rear-seat 3D gaming and other sophisticated user apps as well as the already prevalent voice recognition, cloud-based vehicle analytics and geo-mapping.