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BlackBerry partners with China's Baidu on autonomous vehicle tech

12 January 2018, 07:41 | Cesar Cruz

BlackBerry software will power Baidu's self-driving car technology under new deal

Driverless car

"Together, we will work toward a technological and commercial ecosystem for autonomous driving, intelligent connectivity, and intelligent traffic systems". Much as with the Azure deal a year ago, which gave the Chinese company a trusted Western partner - and potentially assuaged some of the doubts that North American or European companies might have about betting on Baidu's product - this QNX integration benefits from the OS' ISO26262 ASIL-D certification for safety.

QNX will be the operating system for Apollo, a platform for self-driving vehicles that Baidu announced in April and billed as the "Android" of the autonomous driving industry.

Li Zhenyu, General Manager of Intelligent Driving Group, Baidu said his company aims to accelerate the development of fully autonomous vehicle production, with a focus on safety and security.

QNX has always been used for infotainment consoles - the abbreviations of information and entertainment.

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He added that the integration of QNX with its automotive "Apollo" platform "will enable carmakers to leap from prototype to production systems". BlackBerry will get to take advantage of Baidu's CarLife smartphone integration and its conversational artificial intelligence, DuerOS. Its efforts have, so far, paid off, with American company Autonomoustuff managing to use Apollo 1.0 to add autonomous capabilities to a vehicle in just three days, capabilities which proved sufficient to allow the auto drive itself around a track repeatedly. "These advancements paired with their high-definition maps and BlackBerry's safety-critical embedded software and expertise in security will be crucial ingredients for autonomous vehicles", said John Wall, Senior Vice President and GM of BlackBerry QNX. For Baidu, it also means picking up a platform foundation for its open self-driving software project that has all the necessary vehicle industry safety certifications, and a proven track record. Apollo has now attracted over 70 global partners, including OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, developer platforms, and technology start-ups.

BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the US and countries around the world.

Blackberry has also recently developed new software to operate complex in-car safety-related systems.



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