Delphi Automotive has entered into a commercial partnership with Canada's BlackBerry for the development of the U.S. supplier’s turnkey automated driving platform.
The supplier said Wednesday that it will use BlackBerry’s QNX operating system in its self-driving offering to host and secure its proprietary software. The end-to-end platform is expected to launch in 2019.
“With the complexity of these systems, we need partners with proven capability who can take care of things we need to be taken care of, especially for safety critical aspects,” said Glen De Vos, Delphi’s chief technology officer, in a meeting with reporters to announce the partnership. “You have to put all these pieces together, otherwise you just have a demo.”
Delphi’s automated driving platform uses Mobileye’s EyeQ chip for sensor processing and its real-time mapping technology. The platform also incorporates software from Ottomatika — a startup out of Carnegie Mellon University that the supplier acquired in 2015 — to act as the “brain” of the vehicle.
De Vos said Delphi expects to begin testing its automated driving systems in pilot projects with ride-service fleets by 2019, with plans to “take the driver out by 2020.” The initial fleets of vehicles will be small and limited to defined routes in cities, he said, including a partnership in Europe with Transdev Group, a Paris-based public transport service
The partnership with BlackBerry will focus on ensuring safe operation of the platform as well as adding a layer of cybersecurity.
“We’re witnessing a very fast push toward connected and autonomous vehicles, and it’s necessitating a change to vehicle architecture,” said John Wall, general manager of BlackBerry QNX. “This requires mission critical, functionally safe and secure operating systems.”
Delphi also is working with BMW, Intel, Continental and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on a jointly developed platform as a systems integrator, ensuring the technology can be used in vehicles built by any automaker.
Reuters contributed to this report.