Baidu-BlackBerry partnering on self-driving car software
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A fleet of vehicles equipped with Baidu’s autonomous driving technologies conduct road testing in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, China.
BlackBerry, which has developed software QNX Hypervisor 2.0 to run complex computer systems in vehicles, said Baidu will use its software for its self-driving open platform, Apollo.
“By integrating the BlackBerry QNX OS with the Apollo platform, we will enable carmakers to leap from prototype to production systems,” said Li Zhenyu, general manager of Baidu’s intelligent driving division.
The automotive industry is one of the fastest-growing segments of the technology market, as automakers race to add more features toward building self-driving cars.
As part of the agreement, BlackBerry and Baidu will also integrate Baidu’s smartphone integration software for connected cars and its AI system to run on the BlackBerry QNX Platform, the Canadian software maker said.
In September BlackBerry said it was teaming up with auto supplier Delphi on autonomous driving software.
U.S.-listed shares of BlackBerry were up 6 percent in early trading Wednesday.
—CNBC’s Sara Salinas contributed to this report.