BlackBerry has announced his new partnership with the electric vehicle start-up, Canoo, and its QNX (operating system) will back the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for the membership-based semi-autonomous electric vehicle.
In another deal between the two companies will also see the inclusion of radar sensors, parking sensors, and cameras.
As per the terms of the agreement, the BlackBerry QNX technology license will be provided to Canoo, which includes the QNX OS Safety 2.0. It will manage safety features and provide a secure environment for Canoo’s stylish and city-friendly autonomous electric vehicles.
The Canoo vehicles will be built with twelve ultrasonic sensors, five radars, seven cameras, and facial monitoring technology, which will rely mainly on the QNX software to determine and notify the driver in case of emergencies.
The QNX OS has been certified ISO 26262 ASIL D, which is the highest level applied in terms of safety assurance.
“BlackBerry QNX is the industry standard for safety-certified operating systems, so it was a natural choice for us,” Phil Weicker said on the selection of BlackBerry QNX for their electric vehicles.
As per the autonomy level standards, level 2.5 enables the vehicle to be partially autonomous by controlling the acceleration, steering while also monitoring components based on the surrounding environment.
“The global autonomous vehicle market is expected to reach nearly $600 billion by 2026. As these systems become more affordable and available to implement in the mass market, our membership model makes it easy to keep our vehicles up-to-date with the latest in ADAS technology,” a message conveyed by the In-Charge of Propulsion & Electronics at Canoo, Mr. Phil Weicker.
“The world’s leading automakers, tier 1 suppliers, chip manufacturers and innovative start-ups such as Canoo continue to put their trust in BlackBerry and our ability to provide them with the safety-certified and secure software on which they can build the next generation of cars,” John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions on BlackBerry’s deal with Canoo. He also added that “Canoo is pushing the boundaries of AV development, challenging the traditional way of building, offering and using vehicles, and we look forward to working with them to achieve their vision of a world in which transportation is affordable, electric, shared and autonomous.”
BlackBerry’s QNX OS software has been serving various other industries along with the automotive industry. It has been used as a safety system for defense, medical, aerospace, robotics, industrial controls, and railways.
“BlackBerry’s pedigree in safety, security, and continued innovation has led to its QNX technology being embedded in more than 175 million vehicles on the road today.”
BlackBerry has enhanced its portfolio after the addition of Canoo, along with Ford, Damon Motorcycles, Renovo, and many other automotive data platforms, creating a stronger image of the BlackBerry QNX OS in the industry.