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 |  Feb 25 2014, 9:01 AM

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QNX may not be a household name to you, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t well respected within the realm of suppliers. The company has excellent partnerships with a number of software and hardware vendors, including folks like Nvidia, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Nokia, Aisin and Nuance.  These folks are among the best in the business when it comes to providing excellent user-experiences, something that MyFord Touch isn’t known for.

Nvidia, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm are all strong players in the world of embedded systems. Nvidia is known for its impressive video-rendering capabilities while Qualcomm processors are found powering many smart-phones on the market. Nokia owns a company called HERE, which provides navigation data for use in cars. Four out of five in-car systems on the road in the US and Europe use data provided by HERE. Aisin is a supplier well known for transmissions but also dabbles in the world of infotainment, providing navigation information for the Japanese market. Finally, there’s Nuance which  provides excellent voice-recognition technology, the most popular of which is used in Apple’s Siri personal assistant.

All of these vendors and suppliers have partnered with QNX in the past and when used together could provide some of the easier to use and most responsive infotainment systems in the automotive industry, like the QNX Concept Car that was shown off at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. Think of how far BMW’s iDrive system has come – thanks in part to a QNX system cooperating with these technology vendors.

  • 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?