BLACKBERRY-POWERED PATEO DIGITAL COCKPIT SELECTED FOR 10+ NEW VEHICLE MODELS ACROSS FIVE OEMS
SHANGHAI, CHINA and WATERLOO, CANADA – BlackBerry Limited and PATEO, a leading Internet of Vehicles (IoV) technology service & product provider in China, today announced that PATEO’s intelligent cockpit, PATEO CONNECT+, will be powered by BlackBerry® QNX® technology and put into mass production in more than ten individual models across five OEMs, including VOYAH, Hozon New Energy (NETA), a top private car company in China and two international automakers.
Leveraging the QNX® Neutrino® Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) and QNX® Hypervisor to create an intelligent digital cockpit that delivers a more personalized and interactive driving experience, the collaboration marks another milestone following the two companies’ agreement earlier this year to launch a pilot integrating BlackBerry IVY™ within PATEO’s Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions with a leading Chinese automobile manufacturer’s all-electric model lineup.
Ken (Yilun) YING, founder and Chairman of PATEO, said: "BlackBerry is a leader in the embedded automotive software market and has gone from building secure mobile phones that changed the world to spearheading innovations in the software-defined vehicle space that are revolutionizing how cars are designed and driven. The latest cooperation between PATEO and BlackBerry will bring drivers and passengers alike a safer, more efficient and personalized cockpit experience while ensuring system security and reliability. We look forward to deepening our work together and building on our initial successes with automakers to usher in the next-generation of intelligent vehicle experiences.”
“As the market leader for safety-certified embedded software in the automotive sector, BlackBerry is committed to providing a safe, reliable, and secure software foundation for our partners” said Dhiraj Handa, VP, Asia Pacific region at BlackBerry. “Underpinned by BlackBerry QNX technology, we’re pleased that PATEO’s leading-edge intelligent cockpit has been so heartily embraced by both Chinese and global automakers, enabling growing numbers of drivers around the world to get a first-hand look at where the future of the technology-enabled, in-car experience is headed.”
PATEO’s intelligent digital cockpit uses multimodal technology to support interactions across multiple screens, including the cluster and center console, while offering the driver a more natural human-computer interaction (HCI) experience through an AI-based voice activated assistant. Augmented by a rich application ecosystem containing multimedia and navigation options, the cockpit provides deep customization capabilities to meet the diverse driving needs of the user.
Combining the high computing power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon SA8155 processor alongside the QNX Neutrino RTOS and QNX Hypervisor, PATEO CONNECT+ is both flexible and scalable. BlackBerry QNX software also enables PATEO to consolidate multiple systems with mixed criticality and different operating environments onto a single powerful hardware and software platform, reducing both the initial development and long-term costs of ownership while still ensuring the highest standards of functional safety and security, providing an enhanced, unified and integrated user experience to all passengers.
BLACKBERRY STRENGTHENS QNX ADVANCED VIRTUALIZATION FRAMEWORK FOR ANDROID AUTOMOTIVE OS
>> Automotive manufacturers now able to simplify and accelerate development timelines and reduce costs when building Android Automotive OS-based IVI systems
WATERLOO, ONTARIO – BlackBerry Limited today announced an updated version of QNX® Advanced Virtualization Frameworks (QAVF) and support for Google’s latest Android Automotive OS (AAOS) reference implementation (Trout 1.0). Already in use by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across multiple production programs, this new version of QAVF will further enable embedded automotive software developers to simplify development, accelerate time to market and reduce costs when building Android Automotive OS-based IVI systems. This new development strengthens BlackBerry's leadership position within the embedded automotive software market by providing a foundation on which safety and non-safety applications can be easily developed
QNX Advanced Virtualization Frameworks extends the functionality of the QNX® Hypervisor and the QNX® Hypervisor for Safety to support the complex sharing and abstraction of the underlying hardware in a hypervised environment for systems including digital cockpits, domain controllers and other high-performance compute applications requiring a mix of safety and non-safety functions. The QNX Hypervisor products, QAVF and Trout 1.0 together enable a rapid application development environment, while leveraging the features and advantages provided by the Android operating system
Virtualization is a fundamental requirement in current and next generation cockpit architectures. The combination of Trout 1.0, QNX Hypervisor for Safety and QNX safety certified shared device drivers simplifies the integration of Android for customers while simultaneously providing an ideal environment for developing mixed-criticality systems.
In addition to supporting Trout 1.0, QNX is extending QAVF to align with the latest VIRTIO standards and add USB management, filesystem sharing and specialized graphics sharing for mission critical environments.
The development is another significant automotive milestone for the company, whose BlackBerry QNX technology is in production programs with 45 different OEMs and 7/7 of the top Tier 1s and secures over 195 million vehicles worldwide. BlackBerry QNX is the market leader for safety-certified embedded software in automotive. Automakers and Tier 1s, including BMW, Aptiv, Bosch, Ford, GM, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Volkswagen, trust BlackBerry QNX software for a broad range of safety-related systems. These include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Digital Cockpits and Secure Data Gateways, all of which are becoming increasingly prevalent in vehicles. Furthermore, BlackBerry QNX is key to the future of the automotive industry, with design wins with 24 of the top 25 electric vehicle automakers, and providing a safe, reliable, and secure software foundation for autonomous drive vehicle systems.
BLACKBERRY SOFTWARE IS NOW EMBEDDED IN OVER 215 MILLION VEHICLES
>> BlackBerry QNX Royalty Revenue Backlog Increased 14% Year-Over-Year
WATERLOO, ONTARIO – BlackBerry Limited today announced that Strategy Analytics, a leading independent research firm, has determined BlackBerry® QNX® software is now embedded in over 215 million vehicles worldwide, an increase of 20 million from the year before.
BlackBerry is the market leader for safety-certified embedded software in automotive, trusted by OEMs and Tier 1s across the industry, including BMW, Bosch, Continental, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Visteon. Automakers rely on BlackBerry QNX software for a broad range of critical systems for the vehicles of today and for the next generation software-defined vehicles of the future, as exampled by the growth announced today and the company’s design wins with 24 of the top 25 Electric Vehicle OEMs .
BlackBerry also announced that its BlackBerry QNX royalty revenue backlog has increased to approximately $560 million at the end of its first quarter of Fiscal Year 2023. This represents a 14% increase, from approximately $490 million last year. The backlog metric is calculated annually using QNX’s royalty rates and current projections of anticipated volumes over the lifetime of a design. BlackBerry QNX has recently achieved design wins with industry leaders such as Aptiv, Denso, Ford, GM, Hyundai, LG Electronics, Magna, and Volvo.
“BlackBerry continues to be the clear market leader in safety-critical embedded automotive software, with consistent growth in vehicles count, from over 16 million in 2013 to over 215 million today. We are delighted to be trusted by automotive OEMs and Tier 1s around the world,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman & CEO, BlackBerry. “Connected-autonomous vehicles are central to the development of smart cities, so as the two key markets that BlackBerry serves – IoT and Cybersecurity – converge into an interdependent and combined market, our growth in the automotive industry will accelerate the emergence of a trusted smart world.”
“BlackBerry remains the leading choice for safety-critical automotive software, deployed in millions of vehicles globally, reflecting an industry-leading strategic vision,” said Roger Lanctot, Director, Automotive Connected Mobility, Strategy Analytics. “Over the past seven years, BlackBerry has retained and grown its position in a rapidly changing market, and successfully delivered innovative automotive software solutions, which OEMs and Tier 1s embed in vehicles sold around the world.”
Strategy Analytics determined the volume of vehicles embedded with BlackBerry QNX software based on the number of BlackBerry QNX products that are shipped in the automotive market and the number of cars that contain BlackBerry QNX products and technology. The vast majority of BlackBerry QNX software products that are integrated and used in automotive ECUs are licensed on a per-unit royalty basis.
BlackBerry QNX software includes QNX® Neutrino® OS, QNX® Platform for ADAS, QNX® OS for Safety, QNX® CAR Platform for Infotainment, QNX® Platform for Digital Cockpits, QNX® Hypervisor 2.2 and QNX acoustics middleware.