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BlackBerry Partners With Jaguar Land Rover on Infotainment Tech

BlackBerry Partners With Jaguar Land Rover on Infotainment Tech

Waterloo, Ont. -based technology company BlackBerry and the U.K.'s Jaguar Land Rover have announced a multi-year deal to develop technology for the luxury carmaker's next generation of vehicles. Certicom, meanwhile, will provide the security system that will work alongside the infotainment solution.

"Reducing the everyday stresses of driving - like squeezing into a tight parking place - means that we can all focus on the more enjoyable aspects of our cars", said Joerg Schlinkheider, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Engineer, Automated Driving.

The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the agreement.

JLR, which was bought by the Tata group in 2008, said a year ago that all its new cars would be available in electric or hybrid versions from 2020.

According to Dave Nesbitt, director, Vehicle Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, "Working with BlackBerry will enable us to develop the safe and secure next-generation connected auto our customers want".

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"We are at a pivotal moment, where innovative automakers, such as Jaguar Land Rover, are realizing they need to take an active role in defining the software architecture for their vehicles", BlackBerry QNX general manager John Wall said in a statement.

"Connected and autonomous vehicles will react and drive based on rich data". It includes middleware technology to manage media, web browsing, speech integration, smartphone connectivity, over-the-air software updates, Bluetooth, and acoustics processing for hands-free calls.

For the uninitiated, QNX's technology is a software stack used to build connected infotainment systems. In early January, the company signed a partnership agreement with Baidu to work on connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

Dave Nesbitt, Vehicle Engineering director at Jaguar Land Rover, said: "Working with BlackBerry will enable us to develop the safe and secure next-generation connected auto our customers want".


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