Apple (AAPL)’s new in-car iPhone integration system, called CarPlay, is powered by the embattled Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry (BBRY), N4BB reports. In a rather surprising find earlier today, the tech site was able to confirm that CarPlay (formerly called iOS in the Car) runs on QNX, which is the base on which the current BlackBerry 10 operating system is built.
N4BB quotes QNX’s Paul Leroux who told the blog that his firm’s software is indeed among the automotive software solutions supporting Apple’s CarPlay:
“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”, Leroux stated, adding that QNX has “a long-standing partnership with Apple to ensure high-quality connectivity with their devices, and this partnership extends to support for Apple CarPlay”
Apple claims that the new system, which is being shown off at the Geneva International Motor Shows and is set to be supported by most top automakers, is “designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car.”
“iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction,” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s VP of iPhone and iOS product marketing, said in a news release.
Apple officially launched CarPlay yesterday.
Blackberry shares are trading higher amid a broader market rally.