Qt Group, the renowned development tools provider, has revealed that Mercedes-Benz has selected Qt 6 as the foundation for building MB.OS, an innovative operating system slated for integration into its vehicles. This strategic move follows Mercedes-Benz’s announcement earlier this year of MB.OS as a groundbreaking development project.

MB.OS is poised to deliver a host of cutting-edge features that set it apart in the automotive industry. Mercedes-Benz touts its fast over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities, advanced self-driving functionalities, and a bespoke infotainment system as key highlights. MB.OS is also set to establish partnerships with leading technology companies, enabling the integration of top-tier features and innovations into their vehicle lineup.

Mercedes-Benz’s adoption of Qt 6 underscores the company’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive technology and enhancing the driving experience for its customers. As MB.OS continues to evolve, it promises to redefine the standards for operating systems in the automotive sector.

“At Mercedes-Benz, we are dedicated to building the world’s most desirable cars,” said Ola Källenius, chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz, when the plan was announced in February. “Accordingly, we made the decision to be the architects of our own operating system – a unique chip-to-cloud architecture that leverages its full access to our vehicles’ hardware and software components. By combining this in-house expertise with a selection of world-class partners, we will create an outstanding customer experience, from driving assistance, navigation and entertainment, all the way to integrated charging. MB.OS will feature full upgradeability and constant improvements.”

The two companies’ latest upgrade to Qt 6 marks an expansion of their collaboration, which Qt says will “transform the performance, ease of development and support of automotive applications running MB.OS.”

“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”, added Steffan Schumacher, senior vice president of business operations at Qt.

Qt underscores the significance of its toolset in the realm of vehicle software development, attributing their effectiveness to their capacity to foster seamless collaboration between developers and designers.

This collaborative approach is increasingly vital in the context of contemporary vehicles, many of which are equipped with multiple interconnected displays, demanding a high degree of synchronization and functionality. By enabling this cross-functional cooperation, Qt’s tools not only enhance the alignment between design and development but also contribute to expediting the overall development process, resulting in more efficient and agile outcomes, as highlighted by the company.

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