A lot of automotive companies are using the QNX operating system. Its used in a lot of realtime applications like medical devices including pace makers. I work for a fuel cell company and we use it to control our fuel cells. You can a get free non-commercial copy of it off there website but you would need to have hardware which is supported in the OS. Obviously, not every manufacture makes drivers for every OS, and QNX will not be able to create drivers for every piece of hardware.Originally Posted by Tidder
If your hardware is supported, then all you would need is an appropriate interface to use. Since it has support for X applications you could possibly use a linux application. Even then it would be a difficult and longer process without experience.