BlackBerry Ltd. will provide artificial intelligence (AI) technology to Jaguar Land Rover in a deal that further positions the Canadian software giant as a prime tech supplier for the luxury automaker.
The technology for JLR's next-generation vehicles will include predictive software maintenance and cybersecurity threat protection, Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry said Thursday.
Software will come from BlackBerry’s QNX division in Ottawa and Cylance, an Irvine, Calif., artificial-intelligence specialist acquired by BlackBerry earlier this year.
The companies did not disclose terms of the deal, which builds on an agreement reached in March 2018 to collaborate on a new software architecture for Jaguar Land Rover, starting with its next-generation infotainment system.
BlackBerry will also supply consulting services and technology to help the automaker uncover security threats in software from other suppliers.
BlackBerry said the agreement with JLR, owned since 2008 by India's Tata Motors, is an important step in its quest to become a leading supplier of the secure, consolidated control systems it says will be necessary in connected and autonomous vehicles.
Its QNX software already powers infotainment systems in millions of cars around the globe, but the company faces increasing competition from Android Automotive, selected by Volvo for dash functions in its upcoming Polestar 2 electric car.