Research In Motion Wants To Get Into Your Car With QNX Software Acquisition

RIM has made an acquisition today; the mobile device manufacturer has acquired QNX Software Systems from Harman International. The deal is is expected integrate user experience in RIM’s smartphones and QNX’s in-vehicle audio and infotainment systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RIM will also be working to expand QNX’s technology in the automotive markets. The Canadian mobile device manufacturer just acquired BlackBerry-app maker Viigo a few weeks ago.

QNX Software Systems, based in Ottawa, Ontario, was founded in 1980 and acquired by Harman in 2004. One of its flagship products is the Neutrino platform OS, which the company says is deployed across multiple business sectors including automotive, industrial, telecommunications, medical, defense, and aerospace.

QNX recently announced that its technology has been licensed for more than 17 million in-vehicle systems worldwide, an increase of 130 percent since 2008.