Fascinating article in the latest edition of Fortune Magazine on the future of the automobile. Labeled ‘Making Your Car Think’ it explores the rapidly growing market for built-in infotainment units. By 2020 (not that far out anymore, if you think about it) IHS analysts estimate some 80% of new vehicles to be equipped with hi-tech dashboards providing a gamut of functionality from navigation to emergency response features to video conferencing. Not an easy task for software. Think consumer-like appeal with military-grade reliability.
A leader in that market, Canada based QNX (who shipped 9+ million units in 2011 alone) has built a reputation for making embedded operating systems that simply do not crash (per Fortune). They certainly do know a thing or two about building world-class software, living up to stringent ISO26262 (Road vehicles Functional safety) standards. Agile principles and daily builds, and high degree of collaboration across teams and with customers was a contributing factor to ensure highest levels of software quality. Read the case study for details about QNX’s ALM and DevOps initiatives.