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Jaguar Land Rover to use BlackBerry software in next-generation vehicles

ABR Staff Writer Published 23 March 2018

UK carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will use BlackBerry's QNX and Certicom technology in its next-generation vehicles.

The companies have signed a multi-year agreement to collaborate and develop technology for Jaguar Land's vehicles.

As part of the deal, BlackBerry will also assign a team of engineers to support the development of new electronic control unit (ECU) modules. The initial ECU project will be a next-generation infotainment system.

The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the agreement.

Jaguar Land Rover vehicle engineering director Dave Nesbitt said: “Working with BlackBerry will enable us to develop the safe and secure next-generation connected car our customers want.

“Together with BlackBerry engineers, we will be able to access the most dynamic and up-to-date software to ensure the highest security required for our connected vehicles.”

Jaguar Land Rover was acquired by Indian automaker Tata Motors back in 2008. Last year, the company stated that it will produce electric and hybrid versions of all of its models by 2020.

Earlier this year, Jaguar Land Rover agreed to work with Qualcomm to power its next-generation infotainment system, where the chip-maker’s technology will drive the automaker's digital clusters.

BlackBerry senior vice president and QNX general manager John Wall said: “We are at a pivotal moment, where innovative automakers, such as Jaguar Land Rover, are realizing they need to take an active role in defining the software architecture for their vehicles.”

BlackBerry stated that connected and autonomous vehicles can react and drive based on rich data. The company claims that its platforms can process data efficiently, while keeping it safe and secure.

The Canadian company has started focusing on auto industry after its smartphone business collapsed. BlackBerry is now working on connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. Its QNX platform is expected to start generating revenues next year.

BlackBerry has recently signed deals with several other companies in the automotive industry. In early January, the company signed a partnership agreement with Baidu to work on connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

In December 2017, it partnered with Qualcomm to extend partnership on autonomous platform for next generation of vehicles.

The company has also partnered with Japanese auto-components maker Denso on the development of human machine interface platform.


Image: Jaguar Land Rover partners with BlackBerry on infotainment and connected vehicles technology. Photo: Courtesy of JaguarLandRover.com