BlackBerry QNX will partner with a subsidiary of global auto supplier Bosch Group to develop a secure software platform for next-generation vehicles, the Canadian tech firm said Tuesday.
The deal with ETAS GmbH will produce coding for vehicle computers and domain controllers based on an updated version of the AUTOSAR (Automotive Open System Architecture) standard for electronics in cars.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but BlackBerry senior vice-president John Wall called the collaboration "significant" because of the connection to Bosch.
"Bosch is the biggest automotive Tier 1 the world. We hope and expect Bosch will be a customer," Wall told Automotive News Canada.
It's BlackBerry's second partnership with a major automotive player to be announced in the month of November. On Nov. 5, the Waterloo, Ont.-based company said it will supply its QNX operating system to the research and development arm of Hyundai Motor Group as foundation for advanced-driving and autonomous platforms.
BlackBerry estimates its QNX software for infotainment and related systems is already embedded in about 150 million vehicles worldwide. As work advances on connected vehicles, it's seeking a key role in the development of secure software to underpin their complex systems.
"The opportunity for us within the vehicle has gone from maybe two modules to seven or eight modules," Wall said.