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BlackBerry and Baidu announce connected/autonomous vehicle partnership

BlackBerry and Baidu announce connected/autonomous vehicle partnership

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The companies say BlackBerry's QNX automotive unit has been selected to provide the ASIL-D safety operating system for Apollo, which Baidu has been championing as an open-source technology program.

QNX has always been used for infotainment consoles - the abbreviations of information and entertainment. 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. Given BlackBerry already works with auto industry heavyweights like Delphi, Qualcomm, and Denso, its contacts could come in very useful as Apollo tries to gain traction in self-driving vehicles. The first list of China Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation platform was announced by the China government on November 15, 2017, and Baidu was commissioned to build a new, open innovation platform for autonomous driving as part of the country's next generation AI platform.

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"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. "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", Wall added. "By integrating the BlackBerry QNX OS with the Apollo platform, we will enable carmakers to leap from prototype to production systems". 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.

BlackBerry is a cybersecurity software and services company dedicated to securing the Enterprise of Things.

As the companies note in their press release, Apollo has attracted more than 70 partners worldwide, including equipment manufacturers, top automakers, developer platforms and tech startups. BlackBerry recently developed software to work with more sophisticated computer chips for cars that can manage several key security systems.


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