I agreed Canadian company BlackBerry anda company Baidu is expanding the strategic partnership aimed at providing automakers with the tools they need to launch the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles in China.
Under the agreement, Baidu’s high-resolution maps will be integrated into the real-time operating system QNX Neutrino From blackberry.
The embedded system is mass-produced for the upcoming new power GAC Aion models, Which is one of the three largest automakers in China, producing more than 2 million cars annually.
This new partnership aims to provide car manufacturers with a clear and fast pathway to produce autonomous vehicles, with safety and security as the top priority.
The partnership between BlackBerry and Baidu is noteworthy because it includes a foreign operating system in Chinese-made vehicles.
The QNX Neutrino real-time operating system deals with the parts of functional safety, network security and reliability, while Baidu has invested in the development of artificial intelligence and deep learning.
This partnership can help auto manufacturers quickly produce safe and autonomous cars, and foster the collaborative development of the on-grid intelligent auto industry.
And BlackBerry, once the dominant force in the smartphone industry, was successful in introducing the QNX Neutrino to vehicles.
Today the software is used in the advanced driver assistance systems, digital instrument kits and infotainment systems of more than 175 million vehicles.
The new agreement builds on the two companies’ January 2018 agreement to make QNX Neutrino the basis for Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform, Apollo.
The deal helps the Canadian company continue to capture market share in China, and last year BlackBerry announced the integration of QNX Neutrino into electric vehicles from Xpeng, a rival to Tesla. In China.
Baidu’s autonomous driving program, known as Apollo, has been described as an Android smart driving system, and Apollo has attracted more than a hundred manufacturing partners and suppliers, and Baidu has been testing autonomous driving and launching its automated taxi fleet in September.
The deal also comes on the heels of Baidu’s entry into the auto production business It announced earlier this month that it plans to create a new electric vehicle production company with the help of Chinese auto maker Geely, as Baidu provides smart driving technologies, while Geely designs and manufactures vehicles.