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CES 2013: QNX concept features video calling, 3D rear view

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CES 2013: QNX concept features video calling, 3D rear view

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QNX provides the technologies that power the cabin tech of over 40 automakers around the world. At CES 2013, they give us a peek at the car technologies of the future.

What's up, guys? This is Antuan Goodwin with CNET.com, coming to you from the floor of CES 2013. We're about to take a look at QNX's concept Bentley. One of the most interesting technologies in this car is the LCD. They're using an optical Infrared based touch sensor that allows you to not only get tap and swipe sensitivity but also proximity alerts. So, if your hand gets close to the screen, it could reconfigure the display to adapt. By using the Infrared sensitivity, QNX is also will be able to do some interesting things such as embedding this physical knob in the center of the display. Now, this is Bentley and all Bentley usually have a bright one clock somewhere and so they've configured it to look like a clock when it's not in use but you can actually tap buttons and change this knob into your climate controls, you can tap thinner and change it into your volume control, you can also kinda zoom in and out the map with it. QNX is also including a video conferencing system in this car. Isn't it something you wanna do while you're driving? But when you're parked, you can tap a contact and initiating video call with them that uses their HD voice technology for a very clear sound and also a pretty good video. If you look at the top of the dashboard you'll see that there are actually two in-wall cameras here. So, the person we're talking to, on the other end of this call, can actually see myself and the passenger. Now, or you can shift the car to drive and take off the video, it disappear from me but the call would continue seamlessly. Now we've seen LCD instrument clusters before the QNX is doing some interesting things with this. You got you regular, you know, digital gauges and the ability to show the audio source or the next couple of turns on turn-by-turn direction, but if we shift into reverse you'll see that you've actually got a rearview camera display here and you're not gonna be able to see it in the video but they're actually using glasses with 3D technology. They've got stereoscopic cameras out in the back of the car looking backwards and a lenticular display here on the instrument cluster that actually allows me to kinda see 3D on what's happening behind the car. QNX tells me that it's kinda cool. I don't know if it's actually very useful. One of the final things that's really interesting about this car is that it is cloud-connected, telematic to the big thing. But instead of using an app, QNX is actually doing all, it's sort of telematics and vehicle control and communications in the cloud. We see right here on a BlackBerry phone, a prototype device that we can actually do all sorts of things like honk the horn, wind the windows up and down, lock in and lock the doors but this isn't running in an app. It's running in a web browser, so you can actually use this on any phone, Windows phone, Android, BlackBerry, without having to develop a specific app for it. This is very cool and we're really looking forward to seeing a lot of these technologies in the next couple of years but automotive cycles are kinda long, so it may be awhile before we see this and actual vehicles on the road. This has been Antuan Goodwin with CNET.com, in the QNX scoop, taking a look at their concept Bentley.

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