• CES
  • Jan 12, 2012
QNX – now owned by Blackberry – ripped the guts out of a 997 Porsche 911 Cabrio to showcase its latest blend of infotainment, navigation and connectivity solutions. If nothing else, it's one of the better looking interfaces we found at CES.

The system integrates the standard music, nav and telephony functionality with one-touch Bluetooth pairing over NFC, a sweet-sounding VOIP system and the potential – in theory, at least – to run Android apps thanks to its Blackberry Playbook roots. Get a feel for it in the video after the break.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      All kinds of wrong going on here. Screens for the "backseat", swapping out perfectly good analog gauges, and the urge to add some sort of entertainment center to a 911, even if it is a Cabrio. At least the system seems to work pretty smoothly.
      evilzibob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am not a fan of digital dashes.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Because the most important thing on a car like a Porsche 911 is having facebook updates on your gauge cluster. This is what happens when the world turns into the jersey shore.
      k9182
      • 3 Years Ago
      Blackberry is not a company, it can't own anything. Maybe you meant RIM?
      MrWhopee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would a Porsche 911 need an "infotainment system"? The car itself should be all the entertainment you need. Now a Camry or a minivan would certainly need an entertainment system.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 3 Years Ago
      RIM (Research In Motion) is the maker of Blackberry phones, and owns QNX.
      Florg
      • 3 Years Ago
      The digital dash looks horrible.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      "QNX – now owned by Blackberry, ripped the guts out of a 997 Porsche 911 Cabrio..." LOL, that sentence is wrong on more levels than I think I can even count. Maybe this whole telematics/infotainment trend is getting to the point where AB needs to hire some tech savvy editors.
      Brandon Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      These infotainment systems are 100% redundant to the technology we all carry around in our pockets. The holy grail of infotainment is simply a screen that mirrors your smartphone with some additional enhancements. No additional UI to learn, now apps to sync or additional software to keep updated. Just let me see my iPhone or my andriod UI on my dash so I don't have to take the darn thing out of my pocket or learn your crappy 2nd rate UI and menu system just to play a song, use a map or call a friend. Not only that but infotainment systems shouldn't even be allowed. We have more public service announcements about distracted driving these days than we did about drugs in the 80's yet we're getting cars with facebook apps in them from the factory?!?!?
      jimmyjjames
      • 3 Years Ago
      That system will never touch my 997, the instrument cluster is pointless...and what is with the chronos screen...it looks like the silly radio out of a late 80s Camaro. RIM has nothing better to do with their Playbook rightdowns than to destroy a perfectly good 997.
      sfblog
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rastafari
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      No volume knob? Nasty greasy fingerprints? Reflective glare? Screen only responds to half the attempted touches? Lots of menus with small print to navigate? Epic fail. Touch screens are a worse idea than automatic seat belts. They need to suffer the same fate.