Ford and Microsoft are no longer in Sync. The No. 2 car maker by unit market share has decided to drop the Microsoft Sync automative infotainment system. Future cars will feature a QNX-based platform that can support Apples CarPlay with Hands free Siri, according to AppleInsider.
Calling the move bad news for Microsofts carputer dreams, the report notes that Ford has long partnered with the Redmond, Washington-based company on Sync. Moving towards Apple is a reunion of sorts, however. Ford worked with Cupertino to deliver automative iPod integration starting in 2006. This was a year before the company adopted Microsofts Windows Embedded Automotive platform built on Windows CE.
The report cites customer complaints as one of the reasons Ford is dropping Microsoft Sync.
The QNX kernel was developed by BlackBerry and has been a particularly entrenched niche in automotive on-board computer systems since the early 2000s. Clients include: General Motors, BMW, Audi-Volkswagen, and now Ford.
Apple has incrementally enhanced its device-centric car integration initiatives rather than attempting to push automakers to switch from their existing QNX systems to an entirely new hardware and software system based on iOS
By creating a system where the user’s iPhone is the brains, face and development platform of the car-centric apps they use, Apple has effectively rendered automotive systems using QNX, Linux and Windows Embedded Automotive as low value commodity devices for displaying its own iOS interface.