Mercedes-Benz and Qt Group have advanced their longstanding partnership with the auto maker transitioning to Qt 6 and harnessing the capabilities of the Qt framework, including design, development and quality assurance tools, to facilitate the creation of its highly anticipated operating system, MB.OS, for integration into all of its vehicles and displays. Qt’s support will streamline cross-platform development, leading to a quicker time-to-market.
The OS, which encompasses the auto maker’s ‘user experience’ system, is a new architecture that advances the software-defined vehicle concept, including new digital displays and improved driver assistance. With Qt forming a crucial part of the auto maker’s software-defined vehicle development, this next phase of the partnership is expected to transform the performance, ease of development and maintainability of in-vehicle applications.
According to Qt, its framework and tools give auto makers the ability to take ownership of their onboard software in-house, with many others now looking to follow the leading OEM’s suit.
Steffan Schumacher, senior vice president of business operations at Qt, said, “It’s great to see industry leaders creating innovative user experiences. Upgrading to Qt 6 means the team has the perfect tools to support the development of software-defined vehicles.”
Applying Qt across all vehicles and screens from heads-up displays, passenger screens and rear-seat entertainment systems to digital instrument clusters, and more, will enable Mercedes to benefit from the Qt framework’s scalability, the company says.
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