SCANIA CHOOSES BLACKBERRY QNX FOR ITS NEXT GENERATION OF VEHICLES

WATERLOO, ONTARIO – BlackBerry Limited today announced that Scania AB the Swedish provider of transport solutions, including trucks and buses, has chosen BlackBerry QNX to provide the safety certified operating system (OS) and hypervisor for its high performance computing platforms within its next electrical architecture generation in heavy goods vehicles, effectively building the high performance backbone on a single software base.

Scania has committed to use BlackBerry® QNX® software in three Electronic Control Units (ECU), including its digital cockpit, telematics, and central high-performance coordinator platform, to deliver a safe and secure foundation for software to be developed upon. Looking to the future, Scania’s usage of the QNX® OS will evolve into new domains increasing the importance for a standard OS and architecture for high performance ECU´s.

“We chose BlackBerry QNX due to the company’s history in safety certified embedded software, combined with its cybersecurity expertise,” said Mikael Adelsberg, Senior Vice President of Connected, Autonomous and Embedded Systems at Scania. “Using a single OS and hypervisor for high performance systems in the truck has huge economical and technical benefits to our operations and allows us to bring customer value to market quicker and more efficiently.”

BlackBerry QNX is trusted in more than 175 million vehicles globally and is deployed in embedded systems around the world across a range of industries including commercial vehicles, heavy machinery and other markets. It has been pre-certified to many industry safety standards including ISO 26262, IEC 61508 and IEC 62304, and has also been recognized by independent auditors at TÜV Rheinland as the world’s first ASIL D safety-certified commercial hypervisor.

“The commitment from Scania to take on increased responsibility of its vehicles’ software content is commendable, and we’re excited to see this replicated across the market,” said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. “This deal showcases why BlackBerry QNX is the OS of choice for OEMs and how our software and expertise are helping them design the safest, most secure and reliable software for their vehicles. We are helping clients around the world accelerate innovation as the electronic architecture of the vehicle evolves and the complexity of the software operating on our software increases.”

BLACKBERRY LAUNCHES BLACKBERRY IVY INNOVATION FUND TO DRIVE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

WATERLOO, ON – BlackBerry Limited today announced the establishment of the BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund to help data-driven automotive ecosystem providers turbocharge their innovation and bring new products and applications to market using BlackBerry's Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform, BlackBerry IVY™.

Announced in December 2020 as part of a multi-year, global agreement with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), BlackBerry IVY is a scalable, cloud-connected software platform that will allow automakers to provide a consistent and secure way to read vehicle sensor data, normalize it, and create actionable insights from that data both locally in the vehicle and in the cloud. Automakers can use this information to create responsive in-vehicle services that enhance driver and passenger experiences.

The BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund’s mission is to accelerate the expansion of the BlackBerry IVY ecosystem with innovative transportation solutions. The Fund will initially allocate up to $50 million to invest in startups focused on developing data-driven solutions that can benefit from BlackBerry IVY’s AI insights and support from BlackBerry and AWS.

The BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund will provide portfolio companies with access to BlackBerry’s strong automotive and cybersecurity domain expertise. They will also have access to up to $100,000 in AWS credits through AWS Activate, a program that has helped hundreds of thousands of early stage startups accelerate their growth and development. This includes access to the Activate Console, a self-service platform that connects startups to insights, technical guidance, and more to help them build their businesses.

The BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund underscores BlackBerry’s commitment to developing the BlackBerry IVY ecosystem to allow OEMs, smart mobility providers, fleet operators, and developers alike to leverage the rich insights from the next generation of intelligent connected vehicles.

“The connected vehicle market is evolving with a tremendous rate of innovation. BlackBerry IVY has the potential to play a pivotal role in enabling a rich ecosystem of solutions that improve and enhance driver and passenger experiences and ultimately revolutionize the way we get from A to B,” said Vito Giallorenzo, SVP Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships, BlackBerry. “The BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund will be a powerful tool to enable both established and startup partners to benefit from BlackBerry IVY’s powerful data insights and help us drive advancements across the entire transportation industry.”

“BlackBerry IVY is reinventing the automotive customer experience by transforming vehicles from fixed pieces of technology into systems that grow and adapt with a user’s needs,” said Sarah Cooper, General Manager of Outcome Driven Engineering at Amazon Web Services. “The BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund is an important step in creating the community of developers and inspiring the ingenuity from startups that will drive innovation forward.”

BLACKBERRY WINS TU-AUTOMOTIVE’S 2020 SOFTWARE SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD

We are thrilled to announce that BlackBerry has been named by TU-Automotive as this year’s ‘Software Supplier of the Year’.

The electronic architecture of the vehicle is evolving from being hardware-driven to software-defined, and this recognition by TU-Automotive further validates our leadership position within the industry as the premier foundational software provider for the current and the next generation of connected, automated and autonomous vehicles.

The TU-Automotive Awards are amongst the most prestigious and anticipated awards in the connected car industry and the number of competitors entering submissions has never been higher. The 2020 TU-Automotive Award winners were honored as part of a special virtual ceremony during the Informa Tech Automotive Group’s Festival of Automotive held August 20. Informa Tech Automotive Group analysts and editors turned all of the entries received into a list of finalists and the category winners were ultimately picked by an independent panel of judges.

BlackBerry QNX is a leading supplier of safe, secure, and trusted operating systems, middleware, development tools, and engineering services for mission-critical embedded systems. Automakers and Tier 1’s use BlackBerry QNX software in their advanced driver assistance systems, digital instrument clusters, digital cockpits, connectivity modules, secure gateways, handsfree systems, infotainment systems and other automotive subsystems.

We also have a broad portfolio of safety-certified software including our QNX operating system, hypervisor, development tools and middleware that meet safety standards for a wide range of industries including automotive, medical devices, industrial control, rail, and robotics. We have a diverse client list and are the embedded OS of choice for safe and secure critical systems across many industries.

QNX technology is embedded in more than 175 million vehicles on the road and is used by nine of the top ten automotive Tier 1's and by 45+ OEMs, including BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, KIA, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen.

We wish to thank TU-Automotive, Informa Tech Automotive Group, and the entire judging committee for acknowledging BlackBerry QNX and the critical role our company serves as a software supplier.

 
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