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Delphi will use BlackBerry QNX for its self-driving platform

QNX already underpins a number of modern infotainment systems.


You might not think of BlackBerry as anything but a relic of a bygone era of cell phones, but it still provides an operating system for a number of automakers. And now, it'll underpin Delphi's self-driving platform, too.

Delphi and BlackBerry have signed a commercial partnership agreement wherein Delphi will use BlackBerry's QNX operating system for its autonomous driving system. Delphi hopes to launch its Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) system in 2019, which it promises will be a "turnkey" solution for automakers that don't want to spend the time or the money developing these systems.

According to Delphi's weird image here, QNX will occupy the middle section of the system to help everything run smoothly and safely.


"BlackBerry QNX will provide a robust software infrastructure for CSLP and help advance Delphi's autonomous driving system," said Glen De Vos, CTO of Delphi, in a statement. "Safety in high performance computing systems is paramount to a production ready autonomous driving solution."

BlackBerry claims that QNX provides a very high level of security, which will be paramount as humans relinquish control of the vehicle to a series of sensors and computers. QNX is already certified by ISO for use in safety and autonomous car systems. A wide variety of automakers, from General Motors to Volkswagen, already use QNX as the backbone of their respective infotainment systems.

In November 2016, Ford announced that BlackBerry was moving to Tier 1 supplier status with the automaker. The assumption is that this decision was made so that Ford and BlackBerry can work closer together on Ford's own autonomous solution, although no further announcements have been made to that end.

BlackBerry is also reportedly working on a sort of "virus scanner" for connected cars. Reports from May claim that the company wants to create a security device that can install patches and warn the driver if a connected car might be compromised.

BlackBerry is angling to be a serious supplier for secure systems as automakers dive deep into autonomous-car development, and all these latest moves are pushing the company in the correct direction.