Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

BlackBerry joins Baidu to rev up autonomous vehicle technology

"Together, we will work toward a technological and commercial ecosystem for autonomous driving, intelligent connectivity, and intelligent traffic systems", Zhenyu said.

The partnership itself will focus on the development of autonomous vehicles, more specifically, Blackberry's QNX operating system, which will form the foundations of Baidu's Apollo autonomous driving open platform. "Baidu has made tremendous strides in Artificial Intelligence and deep learning".

The companies say BlackBerry's QNX automotive unit has been selected to provide the ASIL-D safety operating system for Apollo, which Baidu has been championing as an open-source technology program. The division diversified into self-driving technology with the opening of an autonomous vehicle driving research center in December 2016 and 13 months months later appears to be delivering the goods. The deal follows similar agreements with companies such as Qualcomm, Denso and Aptiv to develop technology for autonomous driving with the software BlackBerry QNX. This software would work in unison with the latter's self-driving open platform, Apollo.

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As the companies note in their press release, Apollo has attracted more than 70 partners worldwide, including equipment manufacturers, top automakers, developer platforms and tech startups.

Blackberry now provides OEMs around the world with state-of-the-art cybersecurity technology to protect and mitigate, hardware, software, applications and end-to-end systems from cyberattacks. It is underlined by the number of industry leaders already engaged and looking to utilize it. Image sensors are fundamental components of ADAS implementations throughout the vehicle, and they will become even more relevant as the industry moves towards fully autonomous cars. With BlackBerry's pivot to a software-first company, such deals will only help in its turnaround efforts. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, a robust compliance and ethics program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. Its stock is up significantly on the news. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU". BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

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