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BlackBerry jumps on self-driving car software partnership with Delphi

John Chen, CEO, Blackberry

Brendan McDermid | Reuters
John Chen, CEO, Blackberry

Auto suppliers Delphi Automotive and BlackBerry will partner on a software operating system for self-driving cars, the partners said on Wednesday.

Delphi already has developed a turnkey self-driving system called CSLP that it plans to begin selling to smaller automakers in 2019, for production in 2021. Most larger vehicle manufacturers are developing their own self-driving systems.

Glen De Vos, Delphi’s chief technology officer, said BlackBerry QNX would provide an operating system that was already certified to high levels of safety for Delphi’s CSLP system, which uses software developed by Delphi’s Ottomatika unit.

“You have to have all these pieces together, otherwise what you have is a demo,” De Vos said at a media briefing.

BlackBerry said its operating system would help guard against cyber attacks, malware and system malfunctions – critical concerns for self-driving vehicles.