American car manufacturer Ford has announced a new car entertainment and communications system that will run on BlackBerry’s QNX real-time operating system, not Windows as is the case for the company’s current efforts. Ford Sync 3 will offer touch-screen and voice recognition controls. The QNX platform is currently used by Acura, Audi, BMW, and Land Rover. Using QNX will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system. Technology companies are battling for a greater presence in vehicles. Google Inc. announced an alliance with General Motors,Honda, Hyundai and chipmaker Nvidia Corp.