BlackBerry and Baidu Partnering to Accelerate Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology

BlackBerry and Baidu team up on Apollo driverless cars

"Together, we will work toward a technological and commercial ecosystem for autonomous driving, intelligent connectivity and intelligent traffic systems", Li Zhenyu, General Manager of Intelligent Driving Group, Baidu, said in a statement.

"Joining forces with Baidu will enable us to explore integration opportunities for multiple vehicle subsystems, including ADAS, infotainment, gateways, and cloud services", John Wall, senior vice president and general manager of BlackBerry QNX, said.

On Thursday, January 4, BlackBerry and Baidu revealed details of a deal that will see them work together to develop autonomous driving technologies for automotive manufacturers and suppliers worldwide, with the former's ebbing operating system set to act as the foundation for something called the Apollo Autonomous Driving Open Platform.

BlackBerry's QNX division has developed the QNX Hypervisor 2.0 software to power complex computer systems in autonomous cars. Its efforts have, so far, paid off, with American company Autonomoustuff managing to use Apollo 1.0 to add autonomous capabilities to a vehicle in just three days, capabilities which proved sufficient to allow the auto drive itself around a track repeatedly. The Chinese behemoth has inked a deal with BlackBerry to make QNX the heart of its autonomous driving open platform, Apollo. The project was named after the historic lunar landing program to illustrate its scale and complexity.

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BlackBerry now provides OEMs around the world with state-of-the-art cybersecurity technology to protect and mitigate, hardware, software, applications and end-to-end systems from cyber attacks. Considering BlackBerry's recent move towards a security-systems focus, that's presumably where the firm will be providing the most input.

The partnership also includes integrating BlackBerry's more established in-car entertainment software into Apollo. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU".

US -listed shares of BlackBerry were up 6 percent in early trading Wednesday. All other brand and product names appearing in this document are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

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