Visteon and BlackBerry extend digital cockpit partnership

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Visteon Corporation and BlackBerry are to expand their collaborative work on the development of digital cockpit solutions for auto makers and suppliers.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Visteon will 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 auto manufacturers.

The strategic agreement is the most recent development in the collaboration between the two companies, which has seen Visteon select BlackBerry’s safety-certified QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters 1.0 software for a digital instrument cluster project the company won with a major Chinese OEM.

For future digital cockpit projects, BlackBerry will provide Visteon with QNX software including its QNX Software Development Platform, QNX OS for Safety, QNX Hypervisor, QNX acoustics middleware, QNX Black Channel Communications Technology, BlackBerry Jarvis, as well as professional engineering services for system-level integration, performance optimization and solution validation.

“As an automotive electronics technology leader, Visteon’s hardware and software solutions support the industry trends of intelligent digital cockpits and the connected car,” said Bob Vallance, Visteon senior vice president, customer business groups and marketing. “Our collaboration with BlackBerry QNX reflects our shared passion for innovation that helps our automotive customers stay ahead of the curve with future-proof cybersecurity solutions.”

For example, Visteon notes that its SmartCore domain controllers help auto makers accelerate the digital transformation of their cockpits with digital instrument clusters, Android-based infotainment, secure over-the-air updates and connected applications to create a rich, premium in-vehicle experience. With the increasing industry acceptance of Android-based operating systems globally, Visteon says it is experiencing an acceleration in the adoption of its SmartCore technology by auto makers in all regions.

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