Ford to un-SYNC Windows for BlackBerry QNX
Ford Motor Co has decided to switch operating systems, dropping Microsoft Windows based system called Sync, for the operating system designed by BlackBerry subsidiary – QNX. Ford were the pioneers in the field of in-car connectivity, but recently ran into troubles, mostly due to their touch-screen system called MyFord Touch associated with SYNC, their in-car connectivity solution developed in association with Microsoft.
QNX based systems are already in use in a large number of vehicles and found to be highly effective. It is one of Blackberry’s most successful assets purchased by the smartphone manufacturer in 2010. Ford plans on using QNX from 2016, and are hence making plans to drop technology from Microsoft. This move will lower Ford’s costs besides offering a system that both hardware and software makers are more comfortable using.
Ford had seen trouble with Sync in recent times as it integrated the phone pairing system with touchscreen called MyFord Touch. QNX is also being used by General Motors with its OnStar system running multimedia systems that connect phones to in-car technology thereby resulting in voice activated calling, radio controls and a host of other applications. Complaints among Ford drivers range from issues with system locking up, screen going blank and various other constraints. Audi AG and BMW AG also use QNX as their operating system reporting no constraints.