HTML5 and Qt—Cooperation or Conflict
HTML5 & Qt: Key Findings, North America, 2014–2020
HTML5 offers an open platform that claims to be brand agnostic. However, challenges will arise such as original equipment manufacturer (OEM) oversight for a vehicle’s system development or the vast amount of signals that are partitioned by the infotainment unit to lessen network bandwidth.
Both solutions, HTML5 and Qt are open source; thus, automakers will benefit from cheaper development costs, faster time to market for vehicles, and will have final control over the look and feel that is critical for automakers.
For an infotainment system platform, HTML5 possesses all the elements to develop a sustainable and relevant system. However, competition will be stiff from alternative solutions such as Qt given its quick launch time and similar functionality.
Given the number of key automakers adopting or showing interest in HTML5, Frost & Sullivan expects roughly % of vehicles to be equipped with HTML5 apps, a much higher number than vehicles equipped with an HTML5 infotainment system.
About this report
The connected car is becoming increasingly complex. Drivers are beginning to expect the same type of connectivity in their vehicle as they receive with their smartphones. Automakers are faced with creating a safe and secure system while ensuring drivers have rich graphics and intuitive usability. HTML5 and Qt will be critical solutions that are used to develop connected systems within the vehicle. Both solutions provide unique tools for developers and both solutions are widely adopted in today's vehicles. Frost & Sullivan analyzes the pros and cons for each development tool along with key in-vehicle use cases.
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