DENSO and BlackBerry launch integrated automobile HMI platform

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DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited have announced that the first integrated human machine interface (HMI) digital cockpit system with BlackBerry QNX technology has shipped in the first vehicles by Japanese automotive manufacturer, Subaru.  The DENSO ‘Harmony Core’ technology will be available first in the USA from autumn 2019 in the all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy and Outback (US model).

The digital cockpit solution uses BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor virtualization technology to enable integrated control of in-vehicle HMI systems. This blend of advanced software and human interaction creates a seamless automotive user experience as data-driven connected vehicles become a reality, according to the companies.

“Software is the driving force in next-generation automotive design,” John Wall, SVP and general manager of BlackBerry QNX said. “As cars become more data-driven and automated, they demand functional, secure and trusted in-vehicle software. A leader in automotive technology, BlackBerry is excited to bring one of the world’s first integrated digital cockpit platforms to market with DENSO in Subaru’s latest vehicles, helping manufacturers to take advantage of a significant industry trend – the exploding demand for a safe, seamless, digital in-car experience.”

“We are very pleased to launch the first integrated HMI platforms in the world with BlackBerry and SUBARU,” added Atsushi Hayashida, director, head of Cockpit Systems Business Unit at DENSO. “With the rapid development of technology for self-driving and electric vehicles, the value of cars is about to change significantly. By collaborating with other companies and research institutes, refining the technology and accelerating product and service delivery to help manufacturers deliver next generation vehicles, DENSO is creating new value for the global smart mobility society.”

Subaru is the first vehicle manufacturer in the world to commercially deploy the jointly developed digital cockpit platform, featuring BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor. From September 2019, automobile manufacturers around the world will sequentially launch new car models with the integrated HMI.

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