BlackBerry’s QNX software is already in use in over 60 million vehicles. Now, Ford is counting on it to make their self-driving cars happen.
American automaker, Ford, have plans to put autonomous driving cars on the road within five years. And they are counting on BlackBerry’s software to make it happen. A deal has been signed between the two companies and for the first time, BlackBerry will be working directly with an automaker. Before now, BlackBerry has licensed out its software to auto industry suppliers but has never been directly involved with a manufacturer.
As a matter of fact, BlackBerry’s QNX software is already in use in Ford vehicles. That is what powers the Sync 3 infotainment console used in those cars. Back in 2014, the Sync 3 system ditched Microsoft for BlackBerry QNX.
BlackBerry, QNX, and Ford
Ford plans to have a fully automated vehicle on the road by 2021. This deal with BlackBerry is huge for both companies. For BlackBerry, it is the first direct involvement with a car manufacturer. The deal is a big boost to the Canadian’s new strategy of being a developer of software to power all kinds of connected devices.
A dedicated team of BlackBerry engineers will be deployed to work with Ford on expanding the use of BlackBerry’s QNX Neutrino Operating System, Certicom security technology, QNX hypervisor and QNX audio processing software. The terms of this deal are confidential.
BlackBerry’s QNX software is already in use in over 60 million vehicles around the world.
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