BlackBerry and Baidu partner on connected car technology

January 8, 2018  - By

BlackBerry Limited and Baidu Inc. are collaborating to accelerate the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology for automotive OEMs and suppliers worldwide.

The companies have signed a statement of intent to make BlackBerry QNX‘s ISO26262 ASIL-D certified safety operating system (OS) the foundation for Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving open platform.

Also, BlackBerry and Baidu will work together to integrate Baidu’s CarLife, the leading smartphone integration software for connected cars in China, as well as its conversational artificial intelligence system DuerOS, and high-definition maps to run on the BlackBerry QNX Car (Infotainment) Platform.

Blackberry QNX will host demonstrations of its foundational software for autonomous and connected vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, at North Hall Booth 7523. The show takes place Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas.

“BlackBerry QNX has established itself as the OS platform for safety-certified production-based systems,” said Li Zhenyu, general manager of Intelligent Driving Group, Baidu. “We aim to provide automakers with a clear and fast path to fully autonomous vehicle production, with safety and security as top priorities. By integrating the BlackBerry QNX OS with the Apollo platform, we will enable carmakers to leap from prototype to production systems. Together, we will work toward a technological and commercial ecosystem for autonomous driving, intelligent connectivity and intelligent traffic systems.”

“Joining forces with Baidu will enable us to explore integration opportunities for multiple vehicle subsystems including ADAS, infotainment, gateways and cloud services,” said John Wall, senior vice president and GM of BlackBerry QNX. “Baidu has made tremendous strides in artificial intelligence and deep learning. 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.”

Announced by Baidu in April 2017, Apollo is an open platform that provides a comprehensive, secure, and reliable solution that consists of cloud services, an open software stack and reference hardware and vehicle platforms. It supports all major features and functions of an autonomous vehicle.

More than 70 global partners are involved with Apollo, including OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, developer platforms and technology start-ups. The project was named after the historic lunar landing program to illustrate its scale and complexity. BlackBerry provides OEMs with cybersecurity technology to protect and mitigate, including hardware, software, applications and end-to-end systems from cyberattacks.

BlackBerry’s pedigree in security and continued innovation has led to recent automotive design wins with Delphi, Denso, Qualcomm, Visteon and others.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.