BlackBerry QNX selected to work with China's Baidu for driverless vehicles

BlackBerry QNX selected to work with China's Baidu for driverless vehicles

Baidu CarLife, its integration software for connected cars which is primarily used in China, along with its DuerOS conversational AI and high-definition maps will be ported to the QNX Car (Infotainment) Platform.

On that matter, BlackBerry reps have already revealed that Baidu will be using BlackBerry's QNX Hypervisor 2.0 software in its self-driving open platform - which has been dubbed "Apollo". "Together, we will work toward a technological and commercial ecosystem for autonomous driving, intelligent connectivity, and intelligent traffic systems".

The companies also plan to integrate Baidu's CarLife software for connecting smartphones and cars, Baidu's DuerOS AI conversational system and the BlackBerry QNX vehicle infotainment platform.

The two companies have reportedly come together to develop self-driving vehicle technology, marking yet another example of how BlackBerry has shifted from being a smartphone maker to a software developer. "We aim to provide automakers with a clear and fast path to fully autonomous vehicle production, with safety and security as top priorities", he said in a press release.

BlackBerry (TSX:BB) - which has been repositioning itself as a cybersecurity, software and intellectual property supplier - is also working with numerous automotive industry's major chip makers and parts suppliers. 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.

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Blackberry now provides OEMs around the world with state-of-the-art cybersecurity technology to protect and mitigate, hardware, software, applications and end-to-end systems from cyberattacks. All Apollo partners will also get early opportunities to work with future generation, breakthrough image sensing technologies from ON Semiconductor.

The partnership is the latest in a series of deals for BlackBerry's automotive software unit, including with suppliers Delphi, Denso, Qualcomm and Yanfeng Visteon. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa.

Baidu, Inc.is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider.

BlackBerry's shares shot up almost 13 percent today on the news, to $13.53 a share. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

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