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AutoIO Uses Qt to Ease HMI Interface Design


A car’s instrument panel is the central interface that connects the driver and the vehicle. It is also a major focus area for high tech automotive development. In the era of intelligent automobiles, the importance of the instrument panel continues to grow. Unlocking the potential of digital instrumentation tests the capabilities of companies from a variety of industries.

“With the Qt 5 application development framework, we are able to design perfect virtual auto instrumentation as required by auto producers: more exquisite, smoother, and with a fashionable HMI interface. The hardware acceleration engine and QML development technology of Qt 5 has combined simple development and efficient performance, which plays a key role in meeting the demands of the consumer.”

Zhang Zheng, President of AutoIO Technology

More Efficient Development with Qt for Device Creation

Commercially-licensed Qt for Device Creation offers several key advantages for developers:

Remarkable quality as a multi-platform framework – ensuring that the company’s products will be perfectly adapted to different platform environments and lay a solid foundation for their sustainable development.

One-stop solution – Qt has abundant built-in function modules, including 2D/3D graphical interface, multimedia, online communication, data storage, a web engine, Bluetooth, GPS, and more. This one-stop solution will greatly facilitate your product development and effectively reduce the cost and risk of technology selection and procurement.

Complete integrated development environment – Qt's IDE, Qt Creator, is not only able to work across platforms, but also integrates a number of development tools, such as a version management tool, performance optimization tool, and memory analyzing tool. In particular, it features one-click deployment and online debugging functions for embedded development, which effectively boosts development efficiency and increases the reliability and stability of customer products. According to Zhang, using the professional UI design tool provided by the business edition of Qt Creator, we have truly realized cooperative work between designers and engineers, which significantly reduces the development period.

Quick launch and rapid response – From a safety perspective, it's vital to have an accurate and timely response in the virtual instrumentation panel. One is able to optimize the content of Qt and simplify the size of applications, helping to reduce the required storage for installation. This way, for example, cold startup times can be limited to 2 seconds which is the industry standard. During normal driving conditions, having timely information helps to ensure normal and safe driving conditions.

More efficient development, fewer design complications  – The demands on interfaces are rapidly changing, so making alterations to applications should be quick and convenient. The pre-built Qtoptimization software stack has realized direct deployment of particular development panel applications, which significantly reduces development time in early environment configuration and deployment in an embedded development environment. The scripted language, various built-in themes, expandable module design (navigation, reversing, etc.), and visualized data bank all help developers at AutoIO Technology to focus on the content instead of their environment, which makes development more efficient and convenient.

Better performance and stability  – With the Qt Quick Compiler tool provided by Qt for Device Creation, developers are able to compile QML files into applications. The compiler will ensure the protection of the QML source code and speculative parsing of QML files, thus reducing loading time and improving performance and stability.

More artistic, stereoscopic and vivid interface – the instrument panel has a large amount of complicated information, but when HMI turns stereoscopic and vivid, drivers are able to understand the information more easily. Qt has 3D and animation graphics as well as tables, and it also supports OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics system providing a better experience for the vehicle users.

In addition, working with Qt also allows AutoIO technology to obtain advanced ideas in the automotive industry and professional technical support. Qt provides professional training courses to help developers further understand the core of Qt technologies and stay at the forefront of new technology and functionality. Qt technicians bring on-site guidance over the practical operation and design suggestions according to project demands, which effectively increases the strength of their R&D team and reduces manufacturing times for new products.

''First of all, Qt5 enables quick launch, which ensures safe driving and improves the customer experience. Secondly, Qt boosts development efficiency and in turn, reduces the cost of development. Thirdly, it is reliable and stable, which helps developers lessen possible risks during development to the minimum level.''

Zhang Zheng, President of AutoIO Technology

Technologies Conforming with the Trend of the Times

AutoIO Technology’s mass auto LCD instrument panel products have passed the strictest tests possible at national testing agencies and auto manufacturers in China. AutoIO Technology’s experienced HMI and user experience team has developed products that have also won Red-Dot design awards in Germany. At the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in April 2015, among the 14 new energy vehicles introduced by Chinese automakers, seven of them have adopted instrument panels developed by AutoIO Technology.

The consumer demands are changing rapidly, the automobile industry is also evolving, all this requires continuous developments in both software and hardware technologies that are in line with the latest trends in modern automobiles. AutoIO Technology continues to develop products that provide better user experiences with professional tools like Qt Automotive Suite in the future as well as design automobile instrumentation and operating systems that are able to load different contents, and meet the demands of drivers in different situations, from start-up management to creating different instrument panel styles that cater to various regional features and auto models.

AutoIO Technology

AutoIO Technology from China is a leading LCD instrumentation solution provider, which specifically targets this growing demand from auto producers and vehicle users. The company develops fully configurable LCD instrumentation, which is based on an intelligent operating system framework that has been largely applied to domestic mainstream automakers.

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