BlackBerry will team up with automotive company Delphi to provide some much needed support for self-driving cars — but the project won’t have anything to do with old-school smartphone service. The two companies signed a commercial working partnership that will bring BlackBerry’s QNX operating system to Delphi’s self-driving car platform. BlackBerry’s auto OS is already found in infotainment centers from several carmakers, most notably Ford’s Sync system. The partnership will bring the QNX OS to Delphi’s proposed Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform, which the company calls a “fully integrated automated driving solution,” slated for release in 2019. Delphi hopes to offer the CSLP platform to automakers that don’t develop their own autonomous system as an aftermarket self-driving option.
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has been growing in importance for the automotive industry over the years. You can hardly fail to notice that this year, as in previous years, the big automakers vie for floor space and attention with the glut of big screen TVs and other consumer goods. As always, BlacBerry-QNX will be in the North Hall, proudly in the middle of the big automotive OEMs. At CES BlacBerry-QNX has an enviable history of bringing concept cars that rival anything on the show floor, with one important difference – ours are not pure flights of fancy, and we show technologies that will become realities in the near future.We started this trend back in 2010 with an LTE-connected Toyota Prius – 18 months before the first commercial LTE deployment in mid-2011. Working with Alcatel-Lucent to provide the experimental network, we demonstrated Google maps functionality with local search and an embedded Pandora radio app in a car for the first time. Connectivity is standard in many cars today, but in 2010 we demonstrated the future.
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“The QNX Wireless Framework was developed by a team of mobile wireless experts with hundreds of person-years of experience building advanced, carrier-grade mobile products,” said Grant Courville, director, product management, QNX Software Systems. “Our latest innovation allows developers to experience best-in-class smartphone-grade technology already deployed in millions of BlackBerry devices and supported by hundreds of carriers worldwide and to apply that connectivity to the embedded systems they are building in a simplified way.”
Efficiency Through Software: New QNX Hypervisor Enables Cost-Effective, Consolidated Embedded Systems
Hypervisor Reduces System Costs of Medical, Industrial, and Automotive Devices by Enabling Critical and Non-Critical Applications to Run on a Single Hardware Platform
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Feb. 18, 2015) – QNX Software Systems, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, today announced the QNX® Hypervisor 1.0, a realtime Type 1 hypervisor for medical devices, industrial automation systems, and automotive applications such as car infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and digital instrument clusters. By using the QNX Hypervisor, embedded system developers can consolidate multiple operating systems onto a single compute platform or system-on-chip (SoC), thereby reducing the cost, size, weight, and power consumption of their products.
The QNX Hypervisor simplifies the certification process for safety-critical systems by allowing developers to keep safety-related and non-safety-related software components fully isolated from each other. Safety-related components can run on one OS while non-safety components run on another OS, which the hypervisor hosts in a separate virtual machine. This technique complements the advanced isolation mechanisms of the QNX Neutrino® OS, which prevent software components from corrupting or consuming system resources needed by other components or by the OS itself.
The QNX Hypervisor employs patent-pending technology to reduce development time for consolidated systems. With this technology, multiple operating systems can use a single display controller to render graphical content on two or more displays, such as an automotive digital instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreen. The QNX Hypervisor can also simplify the sharing of other resources, including network connections, file systems, and input/output devices such as the I2C serial bus. Developers are spared the effort of writing custom shared-device drivers that increase testing and certification costs and that typically exhibit lower performance than vendor-supplied device drivers.
The QNX Hypervisor also helps companies preserve their software investments by minimizing the work required to port software from legacy systems to new hardware platforms.
QNX Software Systems’ business is deeply focused on markets that, according to recent data from VDC Research, will significantly increase adoption of hypervisors and other virtualization techniques over the next three years. These markets include automotive, medical, industrial automation, and rail and transport.
“More and more engineering organizations are consolidating previously discrete systems, requiring the adoption of new software solutions. By leveraging a hypervisor, system designers can separate safety functions from non-safety functions, saving on hardware costs and potentially streamlining the certification process,” said Christopher Rommel, executive vice president, VDC Research. “QNX Software Systems has a proven history in mission-critical embedded systems and, with the release of the QNX Hypervisor, it is providing yet another option for its customers to optimize their next-generation designs.”
The QNX Hypervisor supports the QNX Neutrino OS and other operating systems, including Linux and Android. The QNX Hypervisor complies with standards such as IEC 61508 for industrial safety, ISO 26262 for automotive safety, and IEC 62304 for medical device software.
Designed for fast, predictable performance, the QNX Hypervisor supports time-critical applications for automotive, medical, and industrial devices, including, for example, backup cameras that require extremely short boot times.
“With the release of the QNX Hypervisor, QNX Software Systems offers the core components for building consolidated, safety-certified, realtime solutions. These include microkernel OS architecture, adaptive partitioning technology, certified OS products, and now, a virtualization solution for isolating multiple operating systems on a single platform,” said Grant Courville, director of product management, QNX Software Systems. “The unique capabilities of our hypervisor solution reflect our commitment to reducing development efforts and enabling customers to place a greater focus on product differentiation and time-to-market.”
Select customers will begin evaluating the QNX Hypervisor 1.0 in April 2015. It is scheduled for general release in Q3 2015.
BlackBerry’s QNX Still Dominates Car Market, but For How Much Longer?
BlackBerry acquired QNX Systems in 2010. Back then, it was still called Research In Motion. A lot has changed since then, including the name.
One thing that has not changed, though, is QNX’s impressive marketshare of the automboile industry’s “infotainment” space—you know, all the new-fangled, problematic interfaces most new cars come with these days. QNX, born in Ottawa in the ’80s by two University of Waterloo, owns more than half the market. And it’s a fast-growing one, too.
QNX isn’t a massive part of BlackBerry’s overall revenue—around 3% to 5%, according to some estimates—but the automobile industry is half of QNX’s revenue. Which is why it’s a little wary of the sudden appearance of Google’s Android platform in motor vehicles today.
The connected-car market is expected to be worth more than $50 billion by 2015, according to a 2013 forecast from the GSM Association of mobile operators, which is more than triple its value today. That’s a big opportunity for QNX—and its competitors, which includes not only Google, but also Apple, the world’s most valuable company.