Name: Andy Gryc
Company: QNX Software Systems
Bio: I am the senior automotive product marketing manager at QNX Software Systems, where I oversee marketing efforts for the QNX CAR application platform, an infotainment software stack based on HTML5. I have been a software designer and developer for more than 20 years. Prior to joining QNX Software Systems, I served as the lead embedded software architect for GM/OnStar; worked on a speech recognition engine; and developed software for palmtops and notebooks at Hewlett-Packard.
Reasons: I believe HTML5 is a crucial technology for bridging the mobile space into automotive. As the brought-in space continues to influence automotive design, HTML5 usage and HTML5-based designs within the car will escalate. QNX strongly believes in standards. We believe that companies can best promote their value and differentiation within a cooperative framework that helps everyone within the industry.
I represented QNX Software Systems on the program committee of the W3C’s Web and Automotive workshop, “Shift into High Gear on the Web,” reviewing contributed workshop submissions and providing feedback to participants. I am regularly interviewed by various publications on the importance of HTML5 in automotive, including WIRED Autopia, CNET, AutoGuide.com, BNET, EE Times, and others. I host an HTML5 video series for QNX Software Systems where I interview notable automotive companies and app providers such as OnStar, Pandora, and TCS.
QNX Software Systems has taken a pioneering role in driving HTML5 adoption in the automotive industry. We released the QNX CAR application platform 2.0, the first software stack for car infotainment that allows automakers to leverage HTML5 and other web standards. The platform was commercially released in January 2013 after a successful early access program, and includes participation from 13 world wide OEMs and Tier Ones. QNX has also been leading an international standards effort — the ITU-T Focus Group on Driver Distraction — to help drivers interact safely with applications and services. The group has focused on optimizing driving performance and reducing collisions by producing reports, providing input on ITU-T Recommendations, and corresponding with other standards development organizations, industry forums and governments. The Focus Group has been mentioned often and referenced in papers submitted by companies participating in W3C workshops.