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BlackBerry aims for smart car market

The new platform comes just a few weeks after the unveiling of the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre, in Canada.

The new platform comes just a few weeks after the unveiling of the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre, in Canada.

BlackBerry has announced a new operating system (OS) aimed at the connected and autonomous car market. BlackBerry says the QNX Software Development Platform 7.0 (QNX SDP 7.0) is a 64-bit OS that builds on former QNX technology and raises the bar for security and performance in cars.

"With the push towards connected and autonomous vehicles, the electronic architecture of cars is evolving – from a multitude of smaller processors each executing a dedicated function, to a set of high-performance domain controllers, powered by 64-bit processors and graphical processing units," according to John Wall, senior VP and head of BlackBerry QNX.

"To develop these new systems, our automotive customers will need a safe and secure 64-bit OS that can run highly complex software, including neural networks and artificial intelligence algorithms.

"QNX SDP 7.0 is suited not only for cars, but also for almost any safety or mission-critical application that requires 64-bit performance and advanced security. This includes surgical robots, industrial controllers and high-speed trains," he adds.

The platform provides features including microkernel architecture, file encryption, adaptive time partitioning, a high availability framework, anomaly detection, and multi-level policy-based access control.

BlackBerry QNX also unveiled a Jaguar XJ concept car at CES, in Las Vegas, last week, with a new digital cockpit design that combines the infotainment and instrument cluster functionality. It allows two operating systems to run safely and securely on a single system-on-a-chip processor. The Jaguar XJ concept car also features BlackBerry's QNX Acoustics Management Platform for high-definition in-car communication, active noise control, and engine sound enhancement.

QNX SDP 7.0 is the latest in a string of momentum updates BlackBerry has made in its software transformation, and comes less than a month after the company released a mobile-native, secure software platform for the enterprise of things, and two weeks after the unveiling of the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre, in Canada.

The beta release of QNX SDP 7.0 is available now, and general availability is scheduled for the first quarter of this year.

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