BlackBerry will license its technologies to Jaguar Land Rover.
A recent announcement was made by BlackBerry saying that they have entered a multi-year partnership with Jaguar Land Rover. This will see BlackBerry licensing its QNX and Certicom technology to Jaguar Land Rover so that it can develop a technology that would power its next-generation vehicles.
While the ultimate goal is to develop autonomous vehicles, the first project will be Electronic Control Unit (ECU) modules that will power an infotainment system.
“Working with BlackBerry will enable us to develop the safe and secure next-generation connected car our customers want,” said Dave Nesbitt, Vehicle Engineering Director at Jaguar Land Rover in a statement. “Together with BlackBerry engineers, we will be able to access the most dynamic and up-to-date software to ensure the highest security required for our connected vehicles.”
“We are at a pivotal moment, where innovative automakers, such as Jaguar Land Rover, are realizing they need to take an active role in defining the software architecture for their vehicles,” said John Wall, SVP and GM of BlackBerry QNX, BlackBerry on a press release. “Connected and autonomous vehicles will react and drive based on rich data. Our platforms help process data efficiently and keep it secure and trusted. We are incredibly honored to work with Jaguar Land Rover and look forward to our teams working hand in hand to deliver an enhanced driving experience for their customers.”
Other terms and conditions were kept confidential but this recent announcement confirms BlackBerry’s business strategy to move beyond smartphones and instead focus on security and other services.