I think this is a lateral step when they should be moving forward.
What Ford should do is make a simplified and robust system that is really good at interfacing with a smart phone or tablet supplied by the customer, then develop apps for the popular smart phone and tablet platform with a really good UI.
That path would make your car upgradeable and cutting edge because the development cycle of cars is longer than personal electronics making everything in a car at least one generation old even when it is first released.
I would like to think that the OS would be able to be changed, but may be processor dependent. A rewrite of the platform may be in order, bit I am doubting that current owners will really benefit from this.
Yes but again you might be getting the wrong idea. QNX, the operating system now owned by Blackberry that they'll be using has been around for quite some time. It's extremely capable and powerful. Obviously Ford's engineer's have run into a wall with what they can/want to do with MFT and they have found what we can only hope is a better solution.
Just spouting "Blackberry = bad!" nonsense isn't all that useful.
I think you people are confusing the Operating System with the user interface (apps). For the most part, we don't interact with the OS. The user interface is built on top of the OS, so it won't matter whether it's QNX or Windows.
What's flawed is the concept of requiring the usage of a touch-screen in a moving vehicle, and it doesn't matter what the OS is, it's a bad idea. If you have to take your eyes off the road as long as we have to while navigating the system it becomes a safety issue. Slow-ass hardware doesn't help either.