Delphi partners with BlackBerry on new autonomous driving OS platform


One of the global leaders in self-driving vehicle technology, UK-based Delphi Automotive PLC, has signed a commercial partnership agreement with BlackBerry Limited to provide the operating system (OS) for its autonomous driving system.

Delphi and BlackBerry QNX will collaborate to bolster software performance and safety in their operating system to advance autonomous driving technology. Delphi’s Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) fully integrated automated driving system is due to launch in 2019, and provides car manufacturers and Automated Mobility on Demand (AMoD) a best-in-class turnkey automated driving solution.

Based in Ontario, Canada, BlackBerry is a mobile-native security software and services company dedicated to securing devices, processes and systems for multiple industries, including connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). The BlackBerry QNX OS for Safety will facilitate Delphi’s proprietary Ottomatika software algorithms and middleware, to enhance performance and safety.

BlackBerry’s QNX SDP 7.0 provides high performance and enhanced kernel-level security through an array of features, including microkernel architecture, file encryption, adaptive time partitioning, a high availability framework, anomaly detection, and multi-level policy-based access control.

BlackBerry QNX’s reliable OS helps guard against system malfunctions, malware, and cyberattacks by implementing a multi-level, policy-driven security model that incorporates best-in-class security technology.

The OS also offers a safety pedigree proven by certification to ISO 26262 ASIL D (the highest level achievable) for automobiles, and to IEC 61508 SIL 3 for industrial automation systems, and by compliance with IEC 62304 for life-critical Class III medical devices.

“BlackBerry QNX will provide a robust software infrastructure for CSLP and help advance our autonomous driving system,” said Glen De Vos, Delphi’s senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Safety in high performance computing systems is paramount to a production ready autonomous driving solution.”

John Wall, SVP and GM of BlackBerry QNX, commented, “There is no safety without security. With cyberattacks and threats to connected vehicles on the rise, it is imperative that auto manufacturers are provided with software that is safety certified, reliable and secure. This is an area in which we excel, and we look forward to the new opportunities this expansion with Delphi will bring.”

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