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QNX to replace Microsoft's problematic software, and it will also be cheaper

It appears that Ford is finally wising up and is looking to replace the Microsoft technology that currently powers MyFord Touch with Blackberry’s QNX operating system, according to The Detroit News. While Blackberry OS 10 is pretty much dead in the water on the smartphone front, Blackberry’s QNX subsidiary is doing quite well. QNX has over 50 percent market share in the automotive world when it comes to proprietary operating systems and its automotive customers include:
  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Land Rover
  • Porsche
  • Saab
According to a person familiar with Ford’s plans, its MyFord Touch-equipped vehicles (including existing models) could “easily” be upgraded to use QNX instead of the current, underlying Microsoft technology. As an added bonus, QNX is cheaper to license than Microsoft's software.

MyFord Touch on the Ford Explorer
To say that MyFord Touch — an infotainment system available on many of Ford and Lincoln’s recently redesigned automobiles — is problematic would be putting it mildly. The voice- and touch screen-based system allows users to access many vehicle functions including entertainment, navigation, and climate control.
MyFord Touch (and by association, MyLincoln Touch), which uses Windows Embedded Automotive 7 at its core, has been plagued with problems since its introduction. Drivers have experienced frozen screens, system reboots while the vehicle is in motion, and poorly responsive haptic controls. Ford has rolled out numerous updates to address these issues, and has even taken steps to bring back physical buttons and knobs on some models to appease customers.

Knobs are making a comeback in MyFord Touch vehicles as seen in this 2015 Mustang with MyFord Touch.
The problems have gotten so bad that Ford has been blasted not only by publications like Consumer Reports, but it has also taken a dive in J.D. Power reliability rankings due to MyFord Touch.
A Ford spokesman did not deny the reports to The Detroit News, and was diplomatic by stating, “Ford works with a variety of partners and suppliers to develop and continuously improve our in-car connectivity systems for customers. We do not discuss details of our work with others for competitive reasons. We are absolutely committed to leading and innovating the smart technologies and in-vehicle connectivity that our customers want and value.”

Ford CEO Alan Mulally delivered the one millionth vehicle equipped with Ford Sync to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in 2009. There have now been over 10 million vehicles with Sync/MyFord Touch sold worldwide.
Ford and Microsoft made a big deal about their partnership with Sync and MyFord Touch. Over the course of the relationship, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and current Ford CEO Alan Mulally became close friends. In fact, the closeness of the two companies and the two CEOs shot Mulally to the top of the list for Microsoft’s CEO position when it was announced that Ballmer would enter into “early retirement”.

Sources: The Detroit News, Bloomberg

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RE: Fan?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/2014 5:36:02 AM , Rating: -1
Of course it sucks. What I didn't mention is that ALL infotainment systems right now suck. They're years behind what we're carrying around in our pockets (smartphones).

Just taking an Android tablet and mounting it to your dash is an improvement over current embedded car systems.

Or okay okay, in your case, your Surface RT whatever tablet. Even though it doesn't have voice assist. Happy?

You know just a few days ago we were having nice, respectful conversations. Now, for some reason, it seems I'm your sworn enemy or something and you feel the need to insult and disparage me.

RE: Fan?
By atechfan on 2/23/14, Rating: 0
RE: Fan?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/14, Rating: 0
RE: Fan?
By ritualm on 2/24/2014 3:03:53 AM , Rating: 2
Are you serious now? You showed me ZERO respect and insulted me several times.

Pot calling the kettle black. This is what you wrote against Chaser.
Exactly, that idiot Chaser clearly doesn't get it.

Apparently your insulting people is perfectly justified when they do not support your position that Google/Android is better than (insert mobile OS here). Others do the same to you and you get easily offended.

Grow a pair, kid.
Plus QNX frankly sucks as an infotainment solution. Embedded systems like assembly line automation, yeah it's great. Your car? Not so much.

You have ZERO idea of the proprietary nature of automobile OS systems. QNX has a successful, dominating presence because it works.

If the user-facing frontend is well-designed, who cares what it uses as its backend? For what it's worth, it could be running Perl and nobody gives a hoot.
Android is what you want your car to run. Even if you don't know it yet or want it. It's perfect!

My iPhone 4S could run full-size Blu-ray movies encoded in AVC High Profile, high bitrates at full speed. Meanwhile, a significantly better, more powerful, quad-core Cortex A9 tablet running Android Jelly Bean cannot even run the same movie downsized to 720p Main Profile without stuttering and skipping frames. That awful first-hand experience is part of the reasons why I ignored every Android tablet on the market and bought a Surface Pro 2 instead.

Android isn't the best for everything, and the mere fact that I need superpowered hardware specs just to have a barely okay usage experience stinks to high hell. Even KitKat today absolutely chokes on middling hardware that WP7.8 and iOS7 have no performance problems with. A car with its infotainment system running on Android is a car that I'll spend more time dealing with ForceClosed apps more than actually enjoying using it.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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