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BlackBerry cuts connected vehicle deal with Baidu

BlackBerry cuts connected vehicle deal with Baidu

BlackBerry shares rose as much as 7.8% to $12.96 in NY trading on Wednesday.

Canadiantelecommunications software company BlackBerry and China's web giant Baidu on Wednesday announced a partnership for autonomous and connected vehicles.

The transition with the BlackBerry / Baidu partnership into autonomous technology is a natural segue, and may revolutionize this unit of their company.

BlackBerry's QNX unit has always been a leader in building systems to run entertainment and mapping programs in cars. According to the joint press release, Baidu will be using BlackBerry QNX as the secure backbone on which all future Apollo releases will be built.

BlackBerry Ltd. began 2018 with a bang after it announced a self-driving software deal with a Chinese internet search giant, boosting its stock to its highest level in almost five years.

BlackBerry cuts connected vehicle deal with Baidu
BlackBerry cuts connected vehicle deal with Baidu

They also will work together to integrate Baidu's CarLife smartphone integration software for connected cars, its conversational AI system DuerOS and high-definition maps to run on the BlackBerry QNX widely-used auto infotainment platform.

As anticipated, the companies have signed a statement of intent to make BlackBerry QNX's safety operating system the foundation for Baidu's Apollo autonomous driving open platform.

"Joining forces with Baidu will enable us to explore integration opportunities for multiple vehicle subsystems including ADAS, infotainment, gateways, and cloud services", said John Wall, Senior Vice President and GM of BlackBerry QNX. "Baidu has made tremendous strides in Artificial Intelligence and deep learning". Safety on the road is a top priority and an error with autonomous navigation is much more dire than an error with your music.

In late 2016, BlackBerry opened its very own autonomous vehicle research hub in Ottawa. It supports all major features and functions of an autonomous vehicle. "Together, we will work toward a technological and commercial ecosystem for autonomous driving, intelligent connectivity, and intelligent traffic systems", Zhenyu said.

It announced last month that it will partner with Japan-based Denso Corp., one of Toyota's technology suppliers, to work with Intel to develop an integrated platform for co-ordinating various human-machine interfaces.

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