BlackBerry software will power Baidu's self-driving vehicle technology under new deal

BlackBerry and Baidu team up on Apollo driverless cars

The two companies will also work together on integrating Baidu's CarLife, high-definition maps for navigation that will run on BlackBerry's QNX in-car infotainment system, and Baidu's conversational artificial intelligence system.

Under the pact, BlackBerry will provide its QNX self-driving auto operating system to be used by Baidu's Apollo autonomous driving platform. Much as with the Azure deal past year, which gave the Chinese company a trusted Western partner - and potentially assuaged some of the doubts that North American or European companies might have about betting on Baidu's product - this QNX integration benefits from the OS' ISO26262 ASIL-D certification for safety. "We aim to provide automakers with a clear and fast path to autonomous vehicle production, with safety and security as top priorities".

Chinese internet megacorp Baidu and BlackBerry are coming together to form a Sino-Canadian Voltron of autonomous driving technology.

"Baidu has made tremendous strides in artificial intelligence and deep learning", he said. "These advancements paired with their high-definition maps and BlackBerry's safety-critical embedded software and expertise in security will be crucial ingredients for autonomous vehicles", said John Wall, Senior Vice President and GM of BlackBerry QNX.

Such a move could spell some global success for BlackBerry, as other countries are also interested in implementing autonomous driving technology with the hopes of being the first one to fully figure it out. The Chinese behemoth has inked a deal with BlackBerry to make QNX the heart of its autonomous driving open platform, Apollo.

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Baidu says it already has 70 global partners for Apollo, including automakers, tier 1 suppliers, and technology companies.

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 cyber attacks.

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It's developed about 12 different software modules beyond infotainment systems that were a major part of its QNX operating unit.

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