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BlackBerry + LG accelerate partnership for autonomous vehicles

BlackBerry is expanding its partnership with LG Electronics in a move to accelerate its work in connected and autonomous vehicle technology. 

The partnership will see LG Electronics use a range of BlackBerry QNX software and services to build next generation digital consolidated cockpits, including infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and telematics systems for multiple OEMs.

According to a statement from both companies, the expanded relationship builds on a long history of collaboration between LG and BlackBerry, and covers multiple next generation programmes from multiple OEMs from around the world. 

For the new systems, BlackBerry will provide LG with QNX software including QNX Software Development Platform (SDP 7.0), QNX OS for Safety, QNX Hypervisor, QNX acoustics middleware, QNX SDK for Apps and Media, as well as professional engineering services for system-level integration, performance optimisation, and solution validation.

"BlackBerry has been a trusted supplier to LG for nearly 15 years, providing flexible QNX-based software solutions th have helped them to deliver millions of high-quality systems to the world's leading automakers," says Kaivan Karimi, SVP and co-head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions.

"We are thrilled to build on and expand our relationship with them as part of our commitment to provide automakers with safety-certified, secure and reliable solutions and look forward to our teams working closely together to help produce cutting-edge cars for the future of automotive market," he says. 

Hwang Won-yong, head of audio, video, navigation and cluster engineering at LG's Vehicle Component Solutions Company, says, "BlackBerry has been our long-term, reliable partner for more than a decade, providing high performance, secure and trusted mission-critical software solutions that have helped LG delivered millions of high-quality systems to the world's automakers.

"We are pleased to further expand and strengthen our partnership with BlackBerry QNX, using its innovative solutions in the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies including the future of in-vehicle infotainment systems."