BlackBerry’s QNX powers Motional’s self-driving vehicle platform

Auto manufacturers and software companies work hand in hand to develop driverless systems. BlackBerry’s latest news focuses on security and performance.

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Compared to cars roaming the highways in 2021, cars rolling off assembly lines in the early 20th century were very different machines. These modern vehicles are far from largely mechanical counterparts and contain a broad suite of technologies to enable autonomous and driverless capabilities. In January, BlackBerry announced an expanded partnership with Baidu to assist the software side of autonomous vehicle manufacturing using the company’s QNX operating platform, which is planned to be featured in future GAC New Energy Aion models. Aion is a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer.

On Tuesday, BlackBerry announced that the QNX Black Channel Communication Technology system will be included in Motional’s next generation vehicle systems.

BlackBerry’s QNX meets Motional’s platform

“It is a real privilege to contribute our technology to Motional, a leader in developing safe, self-driving vehicles,” said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Co-President of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. “QNX Land Channel Communication Technology supports Motional’s mission to provide ‘safety first’ systems in an age of rapid development of driverless transport.”

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Similar to the Baidu partnership, the latest BlackBerry announcement focuses on using QNX capabilities to improve self-driving vehicle security systems and performance. On the Motional platform, QNX Black Channel Communications Technology encapsulates and validates the exchanged system data, the press release is disclosed and by doing so protects this communication from software and hardware errors and more. In addition, he stated that this system provides automatic prevention of such failures with “minimal impact on system performance”.

According to a BlackBerry representative, the QNX system detects a wide variety of potential flaws such as data insertion, corruption, duplication, and invalid message sequencing.

“The safety of our vehicles is always Motional’s top priority,” said Junsung Kim, vice president of Infrastructure Software at Motional. “We look forward to leveraging BlackBerry QNX Black Channel Communication Technology in the continuation of the next generation vehicle development and Motional’s outstanding safety legacy.”

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Autonomous vehicles malfunctions and accidents

Autonomous vehicle manufacturers have faced numerous setbacks in recent years. For example, a person died when an autonomous vehicle struck a pedestrian in Arizona in 2018. The Waymo Public Road Safety Performance Data report uncovered a series of crashes and crashes. The report details “more than 6.1 million miles of autonomous driving” on highways in Arizona. During this time, Waymo noted “47 contact incidents” and this includes 18 real events and 29 simulations and “none of them are expected to result in serious or life-threatening injuries.”

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