BlackBerry launches cybersecurity software for...

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Canadian software maker BlackBerry on Monday launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars. The product, called Blackberry Jarvis, is being marketed first to automakers - a group of customers the former smartphone maker is hoping will power its turnaround efforts - but could also have applications in healthcare and industrial automation. BlackBerry said it was offering Jarvis on a pay-as-you-go basis. Once initiated, automakers will have online access to Jarvis and can scan files at every stage of software development, the company said. Last year, the global'ransomware' attack, dubbed WannaCry, helped raise awareness of BlackBerry's security software business, which is largely focused on managing secure connections to mobile devices.

Blackberry and Qualcomm to partner on autonomous vehicle technology


Leading Canadian technology firm Blackberry has announced the expansion of its ongoing partnership with Qualcomm that will see the two companies collaborating on the development of technology for autonomous vehicles. "BlackBerry and Qualcomm Technologies have had a long-standing relationship for over a decade, collaborating on technologies that have revolutionized the way people live and work," said Sandeep Chennakeshu, President of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "Today's announcement elevates our relationship as we aim to accelerate the delivery of the next generation platforms that connected vehicles will rely upon." Blackberry will integrate its QNX software with Qualcomm's hardware platforms that will then be used in several applications including virtual cockpit controllers, cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology and infotainment systems. "As innovation in the automotive industry accelerates it becomes necessary for industry leaders to work together to deliver leading-edge technology platforms that help to make vehicles safer, more connected, and increasingly autonomous," said Patrick Little, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Automotive, Qualcomm Technologies.

Why BlackBerry's Autonomous Driving Deal With Baidu Is Significant


BlackBerry signed a deal with Chinese internet giant Baidu to jointly develop self-driving vehicle technology, in what is seen as a shot in the arm for BlackBerry's automotive ambitions. BlackBerry's stock rose by about 13% in Wednesday's trading following the announcement. While BlackBerry has been partnering with several companies that intend to use QNX for their autonomous driving systems, the Baidu deal is notable as it could give the company greater traction in China, the world's largest automotive market. We have a $9 price estimate for BlackBerry which is below the current market price. Baidu's Approach To Autonomous Cars Is Focused On Scale Baidu, which is primarily known for its search engine, it is also a leader in the development of deep learning and artificial intelligence.

BlackBerry teams up with Baidu for autonomous technology

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BlackBerry and Chinese internet search firm Baidu have signed a deal to jointly develop self-driving vehicle technology, the firms revealed this week. The deal follows similar agreements with firms including Qualcomm Inc, Denso and Aptiv Plc to develop autonomous-driving technology with BlackBerry's QNX software, which are expected to start generating revenue in 2019. Investors and analysts are closely watching what comes of those agreements amid expectations that QNX could become a key technology in the burgeoning self-driving vehicle industry. QNX will be the operating system for Apollo, a platform for self-driving vehicles that Baidu announced in April and has billed as the'Android' of the autonomous driving industry. Baidu's driverless cars are pictured above during a 2016 test run QNX will be the operating system for Apollo, a platform for self-driving vehicles that Baidu announced in April and has billed as the'Android' of the autonomous driving industry.

Garmin launches Alexa-controlled infotainment platform


Garmin announced Thursday an Intel-based infotainment platform for automotive manufacturers to embed in their products. For customers, Garmin's infotainment offering will bring Amazon Alexa, wireless rear-seat navigation, and other conveniences while driving or riding. CNET editors scour the 2018 International CES for the hottest new tech gadgets. Garmin is trying to take a shot at BlackBerry QNX, who has a large footprint in the infotainment space thanks to its partnerships with all the largest automotive industry chip suppliers. BlackBerry's software is in about 60 percent of the vehicles on the road.

BlackBerry's QNX, Baidu to collaborate, integrate on autonomous cars


BlackBerry said it will collaborate with Baidu to integrate its QNX operating system with Baidu's Apollo autonomous driving platform. For BlackBerry, the Baidu deal is the latest auto partnership to highlight QNX's traction as a platform. In recent months, BlackBerry has announced auto partnerships with Delphi, Visteon, Qualcomm and DENSO. QNX along with BlackBerry's Radar Internet of things platform are seen as the company's key growth areas. As for the Baidu partnership, BlackBerry said QNX will become the foundation for Baidu's Apollo.

Baidu to Use BlackBerry Software in Self-Driving Platform

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It is a very material opportunity for technology companies that get well-positioned with automotive OEMs, CIBC Capital Markets analyst Todd Coupland said, adding that such self-driving features will be on all cars in the next few years.

Green shoots at BlackBerry? Fallen phone giant turns its hand to software

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The one-time giant of smartphones has gone through tumultuous times over the past six years, and become a much smaller software company. Its results last week showed just how small: third-quarter revenues were $226m (£169m), its lowest three-monthly total since 2004, with an operating loss of $258m. The Canadian company's chief executive, John Chen, is a turnaround specialist who believes that the future is in self-driving cars, where automakers and software firms alike see huge promise. It is investing hope in QNX, which it bought in 2010: a maker of software that underpins car entertainment and data systems. That is a long way from the early 2000s, when BlackBerry was one of the world's biggest smartphone makers and Apple had yet to launch the all-conquering iPhone.

Qualcomm, Baidu form AI partnership to optimize DuerOS for Snapdragon


Qualcomm and Baidu have formed a strategic collaboration to optimize Baidu's DuerOS conversational AI system and create a better AI voice and smart assistant solution for smartphones and IoT devices, the duo announced Thursday. AI has become one of the great, meaningless buzzwords of our time. In this video, the Chief Data Scientist of Dun and Bradstreet explains AI in clear business terms. Details of the collaboration were shared at Qualcomm's Technology Summit in Hawaii. The partnership with Baidu, the Beijing-based search engine giant that develops the Chinese version of Google, will give OEMs capabilities "to deliver AI voice solutions on their devices with improved user experience and faster time-to-market," Qualcomm explained.

BlackBerry, Qualcomm expand automotive partnership


BlackBerry said on Thursday that it will use Qualcomm's hardware platforms as part of its push into the connected car space. The "non-exclusive" design agreement will see select Qualcomm hardware optimized for BlackBerry's QNX software for use in areas such as virtual cockpit controllers, telematics, electronic control gateways and infotainment systems. BlackBerry said it will also optimize its over-the-air software and credential management services for use within certain Qualcomm Snapdragon modems. QNX is one of BlackBerry's main pillars for its software and Internet of Things strategy, especially as the company pivots from hardware to software. The platform enables developers to partition automotive applications based on relation to safety and critical systems, ensuring that any breach in one application can be contained.