Stellantis Launches World’s First Virtual Cockpit Platform with BlackBerry QNX and AWS, Revolutionizing Rapid In-Car Tech Testing
Stellantis just revealed the world’s first virtual cockpit platform to rapidly test new in-car tech using cloud software from BlackBerry QNX and AWS. This virtual testing rig allows Stellantis to simulate realistic car controls and systems in a cloud environment in as little as 24 hours – a huge improvement over physical prototyping.
Traditionally, developing and evaluating new in-vehicle interfaces took months requiring physical prototypes. But Stellantis’ new virtual approach leverages QNX Hypervisor’s advanced simulation capabilities through AWS’s cloud platform.
QNX Hypervisor essentially replicates the experience of using actual in-car controls, touchscreens, graphics and audio in a virtual setting. Engineers can iterate and experiment rapidly without changing underlying software.
The virtual cockpit platform marks a major shift for automotive development. As Stellantis CSO Yves Bonnefont noted, software is becoming integral to vehicles, so new virtual design methods are needed.
AWS GM Wendy Bauer added that cloud-based software virtualization and abstraction are critical for delivering features at the pace today’s consumers expect.
By teaming up with innovative partners like AWS and BlackBerry QNX, Stellantis has a huge advantage. The virtual cockpit can mimic hardwired systems in the cloud incredibly accurately.
This agile virtual development environment allows Stellantis to prototype and test new HMIs, UIs, infotainment or advanced driver assistance systems in a fraction of the time. And simulations identify issues long before physical testing.
The virtual cockpit platform demonstrates how Stellantis is leveraging digital engineering and cloud computing to accelerate innovation. With the ability to deliver engaging experiences 100x faster, Stellantis’ 14 iconic auto brands have an exciting tech-filled future ahead.