Canadian software developer BlackBerry and American chip manufacturer Qualcomm are set to work together to build technology for the next-generation of connected vehicles.
Qualcomm is set to provide its hardware tech to be used in collaboration with BlackBerry’s software efforts in order to create virtual cockpit controllers, cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X- technology, as well as digital instrument clusters and infotainment systems.
“As innovation in the automotive industry accelerates, it becomes necessary for industry leaders to work together to deliver leading-edge technology platforms that help to make vehicles safer, more connected and increasingly autonomous,” said Patrick Little, senior vice president and general manager of automotive at Qualcomm, in a December 7th, 2017 media release.
BlackBerry first unveiled its connected car efforts in January 2017, during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The software, known as BlackBerry QNX, is designed for both connected and autonomous vehicles. The software not only improves vehicle safety, but also acts as a kind of infotainment system for the vehicle as well.
A vehicle equipped with BlackBerry QNX hit the streets in Ottawa for the first time in October 2017.
The vehicle, a Lincoln MKZ, was converted into a fully autonomous vehicle thanks in part to the presence of QNX.