Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Mar 2014 16:47 UTC

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.

Yes, Apple CarPlay runs on QNX. Makes sense - I'm guessing (?) in-car software needs a lot of certification and testing, which QNX' in-car platforms all already have.

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RE[2]: Misunderstood
by jared_wilkes on Wed 5th Mar 2014 19:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Misunderstood"
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If you read all of my comments and the discussion around them, I think there is very little chance Apple looks for deeper integration into the car (in the sense of having a A# processor in the actual cars, running actual iOS apps, using an Apple-specified UI method) but rather any greater integration will come from trying to herd car manufacturers around approved input methods (buttons, dials + button, resistive touch screens, capacitive touch screens, etc) and to ensure that they have broad adoption.

If they don't get uptake or other providers are more successful at negotiating exclusivity, or if the car manufacturers fail to make attractive UIs that enhance the experience, only then may Apple be forced to play a larger role in the car.

As already mentioned, Apple's strategy is the MirrorLink strategy but only concerns itself with Apple but with the advantage of not being the LCD (MirrorLink can't display an alternate interface because it doesn't have the support of the app platform providers, it can only mirror the UI from smart device). This strategy appears to be the correct one, most likely to succeed, most likely to benefit Apple, etc. It's just a question of whether or not the car manufacturers can be convinced that providing an Apple-specific solution to car owners who prefer their Apple experience over the car manufacturers's own solutions is worthwhile. Car manufacturers are incentivized to own the experience, but I suspect it will play out like the phone carriers in the major markets that matter.

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