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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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Bye MS Sync :(. Bye Ford :(
By BillyBatson on 2/23/2014 3:12:53 PM , Rating: 2
I currently drive a 2013 Fusion and before that was a 2010 Edge. I love both vehicles (the Edge much more so than my Fusion) and I really love the Sync in both vehicles. I already hate the changes they made when they started calling the system MyFordTouch which is why I refused to get the touch screen in both cars. If Ford switches to BB I won't be getting another ford when my lease is up in a year.

RE: Bye MS Sync :(. Bye Ford :(
By Source9 on 2/23/2014 9:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
Don't stop buying a good car because of ignorance. BlackBerry and QNX are NOT the same. QNX was made before Blackberry acquired them and is a decent system. Hence why Blackberry bought them instead of trying to redesign their software from the ground up.

QNX might be a good successor to MS in MyFord Touch systems. I personally wish Ford would have considered iOS-in-car. Since iOS seems to be going to launch in a lot of vendors and be mainstream it is going to have a lot of support. Like the App Store.

RE: Bye MS Sync :(. Bye Ford :(
By BillyBatson on 2/24/2014 11:23:54 AM , Rating: 2
Not because of ignorance. I love my MS Sync and it has been a selling point for me two vehicles in a row now. Them switching to QNX is a bad move for me, if it takes any functionality away I won't be getting another Ford. Sync to me has set ford apart from the other infotainment systems but if they switch to the same system as others they will be losing a major selling point with me. Again I don't have the touch screen so all my sync functions are voice controlled and it works better than any competing voice control in the same price range.
If Ford switches infotainment brands, I switch my car brand. Simple as that.

RE: Bye MS Sync :(. Bye Ford :(
By Brandon Hill on 2/24/2014 11:30:39 AM , Rating: 2
If Ford switches infotainment brands, I switch my car brand. Simple as that.

Huh, what? I doubt functionality would regress; QNX is in wide use, in more advanced infotainment systems than even MyFord Touch (see the upcoming Audi TT).

But dropping a car company because they change the underlying technology of MyFord Touch just seems... odd.

RE: Bye MS Sync :(. Bye Ford :(
By BillyBatson on 2/28/2014 6:58:27 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have MyFord Touch I have MS Sync without the touch screen. I use voice commands which in my experience works better than Honda's, BMW, or Mercedes. Considering two of those brands run QNX it doesn't exactly fill me with confidence that Ford's QNX implementation will be any better or close to the voice command ease of use with Sync. Sync has been a big selling point for me for my last two vehicles and a "killer" feature but if Sync goes away Ford goes back to not standing out and I wouldn't consider them as my next option. The two cars I chose between last March was the Ford Fusion and Kia Optima but the Optima ended up being more expensive. When my lease is up though the Optima is going to pobably become my number one choice as it runs MS Sync. Don't think that's odd at all.

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