CES 2017: BlackBerry QNX Technology for Connected and Autonomous Cars
Topic: QNX, Autonomous Drive, Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS), Electronic Control Unit (ECU)
Autonomous driving and the connected car are two trends in the auto industry. Autonomous driving is where the car’s electronic architecture is structurally reorganized to accommodate more than 100 disparate electronic control units (ECUs) shared throughout the car to a dozen domain controllers. QNX developed a flexible foundational technology platform to support the change, anchored by their safety certified, secure OS and hypervisor. As cars become more connected, there are security measures to ensure external threats cannot access critical functions within the car. BlackBerry and QNX have years of experience providing various security technologies. At CES 2017, there will be three cars showcased. The first shows the secure vehicle management platform. The next one offers real-world aid as autonomous drive technology. The last shows the cockpit ECU controllers. These cars serve as a preview of future product offerings. They will also be showcasing an autonomous drive vehicle powered by QNX, developed through their partnership with Renaissance and the University of Waterloo.
The Lincoln MKZ shows that it’s possible to build an eight advanced airborne sensor (AAS) and autonomous drive system on automotive-grade software and hardware platform. QNX created the MKZ using BlackBerry’s real-time embedded operating system and the 8 AAS platform. The MKZ has various sensors, including cameras, radar, and precision GPS. All these sensors give data that feeds the 8 AAS system that controls the care autonomously. The 8 AAS processes the data in real-time and can record and playback the data offline for feature development and testing. BlackBerry and its partner, Renaissance, show how the production-oriented 8 AAS platform is also used for SAE level 4 autonomous driving scenarios. In addition, their Jaguar offers how the QNX operating system and hypervisor create a virtual cockpit domain controller, which can also consolidate ECUs to domain controllers or high-performance computing platforms. Also, within the Jaguar, one processor securely supports two subsystems: the digital instrument cluster, the safety side, and the infotainment, the non-safety side.
BlackBerry believes in giving the best product to owners and automakers by continually evolving car software. They have experience with car software, over 15 years in over 100 countries across 500 carriers. In addition, they have 20 years of earned trust from various automakers that help deliver their software to over 60 million vehicles, including 20 years of providing production-ready, safety-critical embedded software to build the foundation for autonomous and connected cars.