BlackBerry Ltd. has become the second Canadian contributor to the Arcfox αT, a high-end electric sport-utility from China's Beijing Automotive Group Co. (BAIC).
The Waterloo, Ont.-based tech giant said its QNX Hypervisor technology underpins the digital instrument cluster, console touchscreen, AC screen and heads-up display in the αT, which is being built in a joint venture between BAIC and Canada's Magna International.
BlackBerry already has linkages with Chinese electric vehicle startup xPeng and Internet giant Baidu, which is developing an autonomous vehicle platform.
John Wall, co-head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, said in a release the company is “thrilled to work with Arcfox.”
The Hypervisor supplies the QNX operating system while allowing multiple operating systems to safely co-exist on the same system-on-a-chip, the company said. This allows developers to partition safety-critical systems, ensuring that "critical systems are isolated and continue to function even if other components fail."
A Tesla Model 3 competitor, the Arcfox αT is being built at a factory in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, with a capacity of 180,000 cars a year. As Magna's first investment in a complete vehicle manufacturing facility outside Europe, it is aimed at attracting other contract assembly from China's burgeoning EV startup sector.