Blackberry and Baidu partner on connected and autonomous vehicle technology

Blackberry and Baidu announced this week that they will collaborate on accelerating the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology for automotive OEMs and suppliers around the world.

The companies have signed a statement of intent to use Blackberry QNX’s operating system as the foundation for Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving open platform.

In addition, the two companies will work to integrate Baidu’s CarLife connected car smartphone integration software, its conversational AI system DuerOS and its high definition maps into the Blackberry QNX platform.

“BlackBerry QNX has established itself as the OS platform for safety-certified production-based systems,” said Li Zhenyu, General Manager of Intelligent Driving Group, Baidu.

“We aim to provide automakers with a clear and fast path to fully autonomous vehicle production, with safety and security as top priorities. By integrating the BlackBerry QNX OS with the Apollo platform, we will enable carmakers to leap from prototype to production systems. Together, we will work toward a technological and commercial ecosystem for autonomous driving, intelligent connectivity, and intelligent traffic systems.”

John Wall, Senior Vice President and GM of BlackBerry QNX, said: “Joining forces with Baidu will enable us to explore integration opportunities for multiple vehicle subsystems including ADAS, infotainment, gateways, and cloud services.

“Baidu has made tremendous strides in Artificial Intelligence and deep learning. 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.”