Jaguar Land Rover and BlackBerry have announced a multi-year agreement to “collaborate and develop technology” for the British automaker’s next-generation vehicles.
As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will license its QNX and Certicom technology to Jaguar Land Rover, as well as assign a team of engineers to support in the development of new electronic control unit modules. The first project, though, will be a “next-generation” infotainment system.
“Working with BlackBerry will enable us to develop the safe and secure next-generation connected car our customers want,” said Dave Nesbitt, vehicle engineering director at Jaguar Land Rover.
“Together with BlackBerry engineers, we will be able to access the most dynamic and up-to-date software to ensure the highest security required for our connected vehicles,” he added.
John Wall, senior vice president and general manager of BlackBerry QNX, said that “innovative automakers” such as Jaguar Land Rover were realising they needed to take an active role in defining the software architecture for their upcoming vehicles.
“Connected and autonomous vehicles will react and drive based on rich data. Our platforms help process data efficiently and keep it secure and trusted. We are incredibly honoured to work with Jaguar Land Rover and look forward to our teams working hand in hand to deliver an enhanced driving experience for their customers,” said Wall.