BlackBerry to get Car Integration

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By Amy Gilroy
The BlackBerry may be ready for some serious integration into car radios. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) said this week it purchased a company that makes software used in millions of car radio/info systems. The company, called QNX Software Systems, was purchased by RIM from Harman International.
RIM said it wants to further integrate smartphones with in-vehicle audio/info systems. Mike Lazaridis, RIM president and Co-CEO said the acquisition will also support RIM’s plans for some as yet unannounced “intelligent peripherals.”
Harman, as we know, operates a significant OEM business and owns brands including AKG, Harman Kardon, Inifinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. It purchased QNX Software in 2004. QNX offers an open platform OS used in car electronics systems. It is in a joint venture with Toyota and other companies to push a platform for 4G connected cars (called the NG Connection consortium). QNX has said its software technology is used “in millions of automotive handsfree and infotainment systems,” in a press statement last year.

Source: RIM via ars technica
Photo: BlackBerry Curve 8520

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