Apple CarPlay relies on BlackBerry QNX

Considering that Apple CarPlay is designed to connect an Apple iOS 7 device with in-car software that looks an awful lot like you might expect an Apple car system to look, one might think that it's all Apple software powering the integrated car platform. One would be wrong. BlackBerry is the underlying force making that happen.

QNX, which serves as the basis for BlackBerry 10, is also used to power the in-car infotainment systems that link with CarPlay. That's not as surprising as you might think because QNX has been involved in the embedded software market long before cars and cell phones needed to be integrated. Apple obviously set the path to shaping CarPlay and did most of the heavy lifting, but that work wasn't done without the help of some other more traditional resources. A lot of work went into building iOS 7 to support in car controls and BlackBerry-owned QNX provided the assist for connecting to cars.

QNX PR Manager Paul Leroux told N4BB:

"Connectivity to smartphones and other mobile devices is a key strength of QNX Software Systems' platform for car infotainment systems, and many automakers and tier one automotive suppliers use our platform to implement smartphone/head-unit integration in their vehicles. We have a long-standing partnership with Apple to ensure high-quality connectivity with their devices, and this partnership extends to support for Apple CarPlay."

See, it's all one big happy family.


Author: Andrew Kameka

Andrew Kameka is a Miami native with five years of experience covering mobile technology. A graduate of FIU, he has also written about soccer, music, and the entertainment industry.

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