Could we see Blackberry Email being pushed to BMW’s iDrive in the future for CEOs to check their email from the comfort of their F02 7-Series rear seat? It could definitely be possible sometime soon. We’ll tell you why.
Blackberry maker RIM has just cut a deal to acquire QNX, the company which makes the QNX RTOS. The QNX system powers BMW’s latest version of the iDrive system, the one with the HDD navigation. Audi’s MMI, GM’s OnStar, and Porsche’s PCM are among the other in-car entertainment and communication systems that run on QNX systems.
QNX is very popular for onboard entertainment system usage but it does have a few competitors, such as Microsoft’s Windows Mobile for Automotive and Intel’s new Atom-based system that will run the Intel and Nokia-supported MeeGo operating system.