Apple's CarPlay Works Alongside BlackBerry's QNX Car Platform

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's newly unveiled CarPlay iOS vehicle integration system, which allows an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, has been designed to work with BlackBerry's QNX operating system. The QNX Car Platform powers many in-car infotainment systems and includes a mobile connectivity framework that supports many mobile development environments, including iOS.

    In a statement made to Lucas Atkins of N4BB, BlackBerry's Paul Leroux confirmed that CarPlay works alongside the QNX systems installed in many cars.
    CarPlay, which requires an iPhone to function, can be likened to Apple's AirPlay, mirroring the iPhone's display and functionality to the existing in-car infotainment system.

    Since CarPlay was announced yesterday, multiple manufacturers, including Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz have shown off vehicles with CarPlay integration. Other manufacturers, such as Honda, Jaguar, Hyundai, and more, are expected to launch vehicles with CarPlay support in 2014.

    Article Link: Apple's CarPlay Works Alongside BlackBerry's QNX Car Platform
  2. crackbookpro macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
    Automobiles then homes... Apple is expanding their macro markets with Tim at helm.

    SJ would be proud.
  3. TC03 macrumors 65816

    Aug 17, 2008
    This sucks. CarPlay is merely a layer using someone else's OS with someone else's hardware, seemingly.

    I doubt Apple can leverage the quality and UX we're familiair with without fully integrating the hardware and software.
  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    This doesn't surprise me at all. Given how Apple isn't known for cooperation and most auto-manufacturers already have a QNX infotainment system, it would make more sense to use that than develop something completely from scratch.

    Plus, if Apple made it from scratch, it would probably have taken another year to get through regulatory hurdles.
  5. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    Thanks for actually reporting on this properly. So many poorly researched articles out there are taking this quote and twisting it in such a way that it looks like Carplay is actually based on QNX.

    Carplay is just an iOS extension, it's not some standalone thing. It works with a variety of cars too, not just QNX ones (the Volvo that they demo'd for instance is based on Android).
  6. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Yes, but QNX happens to be on the the best embedded OS's available. Now if it was running Windows 3.11 embedded, I'd have concerns. But QNS is (IMO) better than BSD for embedded OS's.
  7. TC03 macrumors 65816

    Aug 17, 2008
    Sure. But Apple is about integrating hardware and software, with CarPlay, Apple doesn't control anything.
  8. Moonlight macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2002
    Los Angeles
    What if Apple bought Blackberry? Or just their automobile QNX division?
  9. LordVic macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2011
    This is actually fantastic news.

    it means that existing QNX based car systems MIGHT be capable of having software update to bring CarPlay to existing cars, rather than be exclusive for new models...

    However, it is the car industry. I'm doubtful that'll happen, even if technologically feasible.
  10. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    Actually, they control almost everything. They give the specifications to the car manufacturer, and the manufacturer has to make the hardware/interface to spec. If they don't, then they don't get Carplay certified.

    QNX, Sync, Android, it doesn't matter what the underlying OS is. If the interface isn't up to spec, Apple won't allow Carplay to function.
  11. Em8ch macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2014
    CarPlay should work on top of any automotive OS

    Actually, I would expect the CarPlay stack to work on any embedded OS used by car manufacturers. There is probably not much Apple SW in the car end of it all, rather the SW is built according to Apple's specifications.

    It should even work on top of, say, Android, if any car manufacturer should choose this as the OS for their driver interface unit (like Audi seems to have done).
  12. paradox00 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2009
    CarPlay runs off the iPhone, which Apple controls, and Apple can ask for whatever specs they need from head unit in exchange for licensing CarPlay compatibility. Your complaint makes as much sense as complaining that speaker docks and home theatre receivers suck because Apple doesn't control the hardware.

    Know what would really suck? Buying a car that only worked with iPhones. Good thing CarPlay doesn't work that way.
  13. TonyYYZ macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    This is great news. It sheds some light on how it will work if you don't own an iPhone.

    The Apple Extremists are probably screaming at the top of their lungs with outrage, lol.
  14. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    Please, tell that you're joking or perhaps more than one will have an attack
  15. LordVic macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2011
    highly unlikely that BlackBerry will part with the QNX division of the company. They bought it with explicit use that all future Blackberry OS's will be QNX based.

    if they sold the QNX division they'd be dumping years of work.

    though, its more likely that if Apple wanted to, they could just buy all of Blackberry right now. Probably for cash
  16. tasset macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2007
    It's a neat first step, but I just assume use bluetooth for car audio/navigation. It will be an interesting feature for my consideration of a new automobile the day it also works with vehicle climate controls and its internal statistics for maintenance.
  17. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    Which is to say, CarPlay itself won't work without an iPhone... but CarPlay is a feature of these systems, no different from AppRadio or MirrorLink, not the system itself. Much like AppRadio/MirrorLink support in this Pioneer head unit:

    Main problem with that idea is that BT barely has the bandwidth + latency for audio, let alone a high enough quality video feed to make this sort of thing work. Latency needs to be low so that the response to touch is not laggy.
  18. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    Huh? Carplay won't work without an iPhone. Period.
    Cars will still work without carplay, just as they always have.

    Why would anyone be outraged?



    Lots of Android based infotainment systems out there. It's not like the whole car runs on Android, just the headunit.
  19. Meicyn macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2007
    Wonder if this has anything to do with why Ford decided to ditch Microsoft Sync in favor of QNX very recently for future MyFordTouch updates.
  20. akatsuki macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2010
    I am more interested to see whether they will certify aftermarket HUs
  21. 7thson macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    This seems very significant. Can anyone think of an iOS peripheral that allows the functions of the iPhone to be displayed and controlled on a touchscreen that wasn't built by Apple? I'm referring to the ability to use an iPhone as a remote to control another iPhone or iPad.
  22. tasset macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2007
    No I'm not suggesting use bluetooth for video, I doubt that would be legal anyway. I'm content with bluetooth audio and sound systems that most cars have nowadays. I might consider an aftermarket unit for Carplay that can be added to a vehicle if/when it is available, but this in itself I don't find is a big enough value-add.
  23. dugbug macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    Ford could drop in a 1970 8 track player and it would be more usable and friendly. I feel that carplay is going to show up in their line, but that MS sync thing was a dumpster fire.

    MS had the right idea though. Its an exciting interface to own.
  24. TC03 macrumors 65816

    Aug 17, 2008
    The touch screen isn't made by Apple. Apple can't guarantee the fast and responsive UI as it is on the iPhone and iPad.
  25. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010

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