Ford kicks Microsoft to the curb and shacks up with Blackberry QNX

Ford is ditching its Microsoft-based MyFord Touch system for something more intuitive. The next-generation system — named Sync 3 — is based on Blackberry’s QNX Infotainment system. QNX is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario.

Ford says Sync 3 will be faster and more intuitive than the outgoing MyFord Touch, with “more conversational voice recognition” and a “smartphone-like touchscreen [with an] easier-to-understand graphical interface.”

“Ford is delivering an easier way for customers to stay connected,” said Raj Nair, Ford chief technical officer and group vice president, Global Product Development.

“SYNC 3 is another step forward in delivering connectivity features customers most want, and they tell us this kind of technology is an important part of their decision to buy our vehicles.”

Ford vehicles currently equipped with MyFord Touch will not be able to upgrade to the new QNX-based Sync 3.

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