BlackBerry and LG drive advancements in secure autonomous vehicle technology

BlackBerry is expanding its partnership with LG Electronics to accelerate the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology. As part of the agreement, the latter will use a range of BlackBerry QNX software and services to build next generation digital consolidated ‘cockpits’, including infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters and telematics systems for multiple OEMs.

The expanded relationship builds on a long history of collaboration between BlackBerry and LG and covers multiple next generation programmes from multiple OEMs around the world. For the new systems, BlackBerry will provide LG with QNX software including the QNX Software Development Platform (SDP 7.0), the QNX OS for Safety, the QNX Hypervisor, QNX acoustic middleware and the QNX SDK for apps and media, as well as professional engineering services designed for system-level integration, performance optimisation and solution validation.

“BlackBerry has been a trusted supplier to LG for nearly 15 years, providing flexible QNX-based software solutions that have helped the business to deliver millions of high-quality systems to the world’s leading automakers,” said Kaivan Karimi, senior vice-president and co-head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. “We’re thrilled to build on and expand our relationship with them as part of our commitment to provide vehicle manufacturers with safety-certified, secure and reliable solutions.”

Hwang Won-Yong, head of audio, video, navigation and cluster engineering at LG’s vehicle component solutions company, responded: “BlackBerry QNX has been our long-term and reliable partner for more than a decade, providing high performance, secure and trusted mission-critical software solutions that have helped LG deliver millions of high-quality systems to the world’s vehicle manufacturers. We’re pleased to further expand and strengthen our partnership with BlackBerry QNX, using its innovative solutions in the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.”

​​​BlackBerry currently provides OEMs and Tier 1s around the world with state-of-the-art and safety-certified foundational software and cyber security technologies. Its QNX technology is embedded within more than 150 million vehicles on the road today and used by the top seven automotive Tier 1s, as well as by 40-plus OEMs including Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, KIA, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen.

*To learn more about the BlackBerry QNX platform visit www.blackberry.com/qnx

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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