BlackBerry & Ford Partnering On Next-Gen Connected Cars

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BlackBerry and Ford Motor Company will be partnering to work on the expansion and development of next-gen connected car technologies and systems, according to recent reports.

blackberry-ford-self-driving-carsThe partnership will see BlackBerry “dedicate a team of engineers to work with Ford on expanding the use of the QNX Neutrino operating system, Certicom security technology, the QNX hypervisor, and QNX audio-processing software,” amongst other things.

The agreement is, going by comments made by company execs, a sign of BlackBerry’s move away from the hardware sector to the software sector, particularly the automotive software sector.

As a reminder, Ford is reportedly planning to put a fleet of fully self-driving vehicles on US roads within only 5 years. A reliable, secure automotive operating framework is a necessity if self-driving technologies are going to be rolled out safely.


A new blog post from John Wall, Senior Vice-President and Head of QNX Software Systems, provides more: “BlackBerry’s QNX may be best known as a platform for infotainment and 3D navigation. … But underlying what you see on your car’s dashboard are the fundamental building blocks for the modules in cars that can control an automobile. In fact, our ADAS platform is the only one available today that is ASIL-D certified, meaning it is the only one ready today for carmakers to create autonomous car driving systems on top of it. … We’ll be providing Ford with an unmatched, holistic solution, protected by BlackBerry’s legendary security pedigree, technology, and services and the highly reliable, safety-certified, and secure QNX software platform, to secure and power the connected car.”

Interesting news. Though I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. Ford’s ambitious plans regarding self-driving vehicles will likely require a lot of partnerships similar to the new one with BlackBerry if they are to be achieved on schedule. So, I would expect that we’ll hear more about this in the near future.

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