June 8, 2016

Announcing The Qt Automotive Suite

The idea for the Qt Automotive Suite was born when The Qt Company, Pelagicore and KDAB sat down and shared their experiences of projects using Qt for In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI). With cumulative experience from over 20 automotive projects it was noted how Qt is really well suited to the needs of building IVIs and Instrument Clusters, that there were already millions of vehicles on the road with Qt inside, and that there were a lot of ongoing projects. There was though a feeling that things could be even better, that there were still a few things holding back the industry, contributing to the sense that shipped IVI systems could be built faster, cheaper and with a higher quality.

One observation was that additional infrastructure components and tooling were being created. While it is great to see software being built on top of Qt, from an industry perspective it is inefficient with duplication of work, little reuse across projects and engineering resources being used to maintain them rather than focusing on differentiating features. So we’ve added some of these components to the Qt Automotive Suite and will continue to add more over time.

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