QNX Software Systems Talks Fall Workshop and Looking Ahead in Year Two

Jin Xu, Global Education Program Manager for QNX Software Systems, talks about her experiences at the Year Two Fall Workshop and how EcoCAR 2 students have the chance to work with some of QNX Software Systems’ components and software in Year Two. This is an extension of Jin’s guest blog on the QNX blog.

Last month, I got to take part in the much-anticipated Fall Workshop and learned some interesting things along the way. The Fall Workshop served as a primer for participants with training sessions for the donated components and software, including our QNX CAR 2 application platform. Suffice it to say, EcoCAR 2 is a big deal – and we’re proud to be a part of it!

So what stood out about this year’s workshop?  For the first time in the competition’s history, a reconfigurable center stack unit is being offered to the competition teams, a nod to how EcoCAR – and the larger automotive industry – has expanded beyond its mechanical roots to focusing on goals such as improved drivetrain performance.   Students have been asked to use Freescale’s i.mx6 Sabre ARD board and choose their preferred software to design the center stack of the future. Teams will have to complete the center stack design by May 2013 to be eligible for the Freescale Innovation Award.  We’ll be one of the judges for these awards and will be evaluating systems for look and feel, response, completeness and overall innovation.

Students got a close look at the QNX Software Systems/Freescale pairing during the mini trade show that was held on the first day of the Fall Workshop. We demonstrated the QNX CAR 2 application platform on the Freescale board that students will be using for the competition. It’s because of this – in addition to a shiny new PlayBook – that all 15 teams attended our training session. We plan to give students a more detailed QNX CAR 2 application platform training in early 2013.

If you are in Detroit this week, you are in luck! EcoCAR will be speaking from booth M15 at SAE Convergence on October 16 from 12:15 – 1 p.m. ET. The remarks will feature speakers from the DOE and two of the university participants, Ohio State University and Wayne State University.  QNX will also be at SAE Convergence in booth 815, so stop by!

I was impressed how just a few days in September could hold so much potential for the future of our industry – and I was both excited and honored to take part in the EcoCAR 2 workshop on behalf of QNX Software Systems. I’m even more excited to see how the students will use the QNX CAR 2 application platform to push automotive technology forward!