Within the scope of the agreement, Blackberry will license its QNX and Certicom technologies to JLR and dedicate a team of engineers to support the carmaker in developing ECU modules. The first such project will focus on an infotainment system for JLRs next vehicle generation.
The move takes place against the background of increasingly data-intensive and cloud-connected vehicle systems. “The collaboration with Blackberry will enable us to develop the secure connected car our customers want”, said JLR vehicle engineer Dave Nesbitt. “Through Blackberry’s technologies we can access the most dynamic and leading-edge software to ensure the highest level of security required for our connected vehicles.”
“We are entering the decisive phase in which automotive OEMs like JLR realize that they need to take an active role in defining the software architectures for their vehicles,” commented John Wall, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Blackberry QNX. “Connected and autonomous take their driving decisions based on extensive data. Our platforms help to process these data in an effective and secure manner.”
Blackberry, in earlier years known in the first place for its secure smartphones, has recently returned to the IT market. The company relies on its expertise in security issues and turns particularly to the automotive industry. JLR is not the only example for Blackberry’s activities in this market; in the recent months it entered into collaborations with tier one suppliers like Delphi, Denso, Nvidia and Visteon as well as with semiconductor company Qualcomm.