Ford to drop Microsoft for next SYNC update

The Ford Motor Company has announced that it plans to part ways with Microsoft for the next instalment of its Ford SYNC technology, choosing the services of the Canadian firm Blackberry instead.

First introduced in 2010, Ford SYNC links the driver’s mobile phone with the music player, radio and other digital technologies in the cockpit, allowing all of them to be accessed through voice commands.

The news comes after a report was published by Bloomberg which suggested that the move from Windows Embedded Automotive to Blackberry’s QNX real-time OS will bring a host of benefits, including improvements to the flexibility and speed of the system, while also saving the firm more money.

QNX is approved software

Blackberry’s QNX is very much a tried and tested piece of software, with the likes of Acura, Audi, Land Rover, Porsche and Saab among their current customers in the automotive sector. With the new Ford Ka, Focus and Fiesta models sure to help cement the firm’s status as one of the leading vehicle manufacturers in the future, the deal can only be good news for Blackberry as they look to further expand their offerings.

The decision to make such a drastic switch is a clear indication of Ford’s intention to offer only the best services for their customers, listening to their opinions and changing their products for the better. If you want to learn more about this great technology, why not pay a visit to an official Ford dealership today?

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