Five Reasons Ford’s Switch from Microsoft to Blackberry QNX is a Good Thing

Five Reasons Ford’s Switch from Microsoft to Blackberry QNX is a Good Thing

1. It's already an industry standard

Switching to a QNX based infotainment system in a Ford vehicle will help establish a standard within the automotive industry.You may not know it, but numerous other automakers already use QNX, from BMW and Audi to Volkswagen and Toyota.

With Apps (small applications commonly found on smart-phones and tablets) becoming a popular feature in modern cars, it’s important to have a standard platform for these apps to run on.

If Ford’s systems used the same platform other automakers, then software will likely be usable across all of these automakers’ products. Software developers are always looking to spread their product to as many users as possible, so they’ll love the idea that an app only needs to be developed once in order to work on many ranges of vehicles thanks to a standard QNX based infotainment platform.

  • iDefect

    Really great article, thanks for putting time into a smart, well written informative piece. Opinions actually based on facts, something that seems so hard to find lately from technology writers.

  • JimDog

    I work for a medical device company that used to use Qnx. We switched to VxWorks a while back. Not a knock on Qnx at all, at the time it was a financial decision. I’m glad to see Qnx found a market where they can thrive.

  • narg

    Hopefully they don’t do this. Blackberry will die sooner than later, leaving Ford with an unsupportable mess on their hands. If they must move from Microsoft, they should go Android.

  • Brian

    For all you keyboard bashers out there, QNX is was born long before Bill Gate’s father was even considering Bill Jr. QNX was invented in Canada at the University of Waterloo by a group of scientists who needed a robust operating system, I wrote to QNX when it was started up as a private company and received a single 1.44 Mb floppy that contained the entire operating system, all of the utilities, which included a word processor, spreadsheet, and communications package.
    That was it, and there was room left over on the floppy, it ran on a 286 computer quite fast. I asked if there was any planned upgrades, they wrote back and said it would fill all of their needs for the foreseeable future. They went on to provide the software for all of Frances telephone system, all of Australia’s postal services, and it runs on most of the big three’s manufacturing plants, controlling their manufacturing systems. Informatics? that is like an asking an astronaut, if he can fly an Cessna.

  • itzjustmeh

    You don’t know much about OS, do you? If a system is poorly designed, there is no point in trying to fix it. Just because a company has a currently a bad name, doesn’t mean it has bad products. Besides, QNX is being used by a few other car manufacturers as well, surely Audi and Bently aren’t that stupid to use a crap system?