Graphics UI builder launches automotive development suite

June 10, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
The Qt Company together with Pelagicore and KDAB is launching the first generation of its Qt Automotive Suite. Operating as partners, the companies have experience of providing automotive UI software to over 20 automotive customers, and believe they have an innovative and efficient approach.

By creating a suite of automotive specific components and tooling, says Qt, the industry will realise significantly lower development costs and faster time to market. The Qt Automotive Suite frees up designers and engineers from mundane tasks to focus on building high quality digital experiences with optimised time-to-market.

 

According to Tero Marjamäki, Head of Automotive at The Qt Company, “Rather than delivering separate tools and capabilities, we have built platform elements enabling fast ramp-ups for any automotive program. Basically, you can utilise the pre-built automotive suite on the selected hardware and start your differentiating development from day one as all the preparatory development is done for you”. The company believes that the automotive industry needs a platform on which products can be built fast, which provides an unbroken tool chain from prototyping to production to allow incredibly rapid development, deployment, debugging and testing.

 

“The Qt Automotive Suite delivers a modern multi-process architecture enabling stunning fluid 2D and photo-realistic 3D user experiences in combination with secure cloud services. The dual licensing scheme enables car makers to develop an eco-system of innovation around their IVI offerings – from concept to production. We are proud to be a key contributor to Qt Automotive Suite.” says Alwin Bakkenes, CEO of Pelagicore.

 

For the Qt Automotive Suite, being cross-platform doesn't only mean flexibility in choosing the target operation system. Qt applications also build and run on desktop systems, enabling design and development teams to be productive already long before target hardware becomes widely available. Qt code can also be re-used for mobile companion apps, reducing development cost while providing a more consistent user experience across the board.

 

"In order to deliver IVI projects quickly and efficiently, development tools that understand the used framework are essential. The Qt Automotive Suite not only includes high-level inspection tools for Qt that allow diagnostics on target or in a fully or partially simulated environment, but