Mercedes moves to Qt 6 for next-generation MB.OS car operating system

Mercedes moves to Qt 6 for next-generation MB.OS car operating system

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By Nick Flaherty

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The Qt Group in Finland is moving to the next stage of its long-term partnership with Mercedes-Benz in the development of the MB.OS operating system.

Mercedes has upgraded to Qt 6 and is using the Qt framework, design, development, and quality assurance tools to support building MB.OS for all its cars and displays. Qt’s support will enable cross-platform approaches and shorten development time.

 The OS, which encompasses the automaker’s ‘user experience’ system, is a new architecture for software-defined vehicles, including new digital displays and improved driver assistance. With Qt forming a crucial part of the automaker’s software-defined vehicle development, this next phase of the partnership is expected to boost the performance, ease of development, and maintainability of in-vehicle applications running on MB.OS.

The Qt framework and tools will give car makers the ability to take ownership of their onboard software in-house, making use of 1.5 million Qt developers worldwide. The cross-platform tools cover the software development lifecycle, from UI design and software development to quality assurance and deployment.

“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,” says Steffan Schumacher, Senior Vice President, Business Operations at Qt. “Qt is the perfect match for building digital user interfaces, especially with a commitment to creating new infotainment experiences that allow for flexible upgrades.”

Qt supports closer alignment between developers and designers, as they can work simultaneously and within the same framework. Applying Qt across all vehicles and screens from heads-up displays, passenger screens and rear-seat entertainment systems to digital instrument clusters, and more, allows automakers to benefit from the Qt frameworks’ scalability.

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