Blackberry and AWS have announced a partnership at CES 2020, aimed at helping automakers tackle the challenges of modern autos.
According to the press release, the partnership will leverage Blackberry’s QNX operating system (OS), in combination with AWS’ Internet of Things (IoT) cloud services. With QNX, automakers will be able to provide a single OS for all the various “in-vehicle systems such as gateways, TCUs, engine controllers, digital cockpits and emerging domain controllers.”
Automakers will also be able to use the AWS-powered OS in electric and autonomous vehicles, “enabling essential functions such as continuous EV battery life monitoring and prediction, and managing vehicle sub-systems to holistically control warranty costs, providing important security updates and seamless updates of vehicle software features to delight their customers, and drive monetization of vehicle data while exercising control over data access.”
The platform will provide a way for automakers to collect valuable data from vehicle sensors and use that data to build and test models, as well as develop software designed to address specific needs.
“By working with AWS, we can provide OEMs with a unique foundational software platform that will allow them to build the next generation connected and autonomous cars of the future,” said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. “By combining our technologies and strengths into one dedicated cloud-based offering, we can ensure automakers have the tools they need to deliver the driving experience consumers want, without sacrificing on the security and reliability they need.”
“Our automotive customers are developing exciting new products and services that rely on the power of the cloud, IoT, and AI/ML. We are thrilled to be working with BlackBerry QNX to provide secure connectivity and advanced edge computing capabilities for the next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles,” said Bill Vass, Vice President, Technology, Amazon Web Services, Inc.