While driving a Ford, if you’ve found the touch-screen display a bit dicey or witnessed it black out all of the major controls, then you’ll be happy to hear that the American automaker has decided to discard Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry to power its next-generation infotainment systems. SYNC as it currently stands is based on Microsoft's Windows platform, and allows for features like voice control and playing music through your smartphone. The technology was first introduced in 2007 and is believed to be in around seven million Ford cars.
QNX, which BlackBerry acquired in 2010, may not have set the mobility world alight with thw unsuccessful PlayBook tablet or BlackBerry 10, but it's considerably more popular as a platform for cars. Currently QNX, powers various infotainment and instrument cluster software for Audi, Volkswagen, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.
The decision made by Ford, is based on various survey reports such as J.D., where the unresponsive touchscreens and unpredictable systems has been particularly criticized. And even, using QNX will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system.
For the record, Google and Apple are also also bringing their operating system for cars. Manufacturers like General Motors, Honda and Hyundai will use the android based car OS soon, while BMW, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz will be powered by the special iOS developed by Apple.
Although no official announcement have been made about the transition, either by Ford or BlackBerry.