More details have been revealed by Apple showing off their plans for their Carplay. It makes quite a bit more sense when you realized that it is just mirroring the display of iOS devices on a regular car display instead of running a car multimedia system on iOS. Essentially the system requires an iPhone to be used and works through Siri together with notifications and more. Lucas @N4BB dug into it a bit and found that this is essentially just a mirroring technology that just works on the media platform already in the car such as QNX. Apple is actually a QNX strategic partner in the auto market.
Paul Leroux of QNX actually confirmed some of it for Lucas saying that:
“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. We have a long-standing partnership with Apple to ensure high-quality connectivity with their devices, and this partnership extends to support for Apple CarPlay.”
In other words BlackBerry probably implemented the Carplay tech in QNX just for mirroring iOS. Interesting developments…