BlackBerry launches QNX Hypervisor 2.0 for safer and more secure connected cars

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BlackBerry is launching its QNX Hypervisor 2.0 software system to help automakers create safer and more secure vehicles. This tech is based on QNX SDP 7.0, BlackBerry’s “most advanced and secure 64-bit embedded operating system,” and enables developers to “separate safety-critical environments from non-safety critical environments” to minimize risk.

“There is no safety without security,” said John Wall, senior vice president and head of BlackBerry QNX, in a statement. “If hackers can access a car through a non-critical ECU system, they can tamper or take over safety-critical areas, such as the steering system, brakes or engine. BlackBerry’s QNX Hypervisor 2.0 safeguards against these types of attacks and is a key component of our multi-level approach to securing connected and autonomous vehicles.”

BlackBerry also announced that Qualcomm Technologies has adopted the QNX Hypervisor 2.0 system for use in certain digital cockpit solutions, which is available to Qualcomm customers starting today. When combined with BlackBerry’s Hypervisor system, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820Am automotive platform will help automakers merge the infotainment system and instrument cluster using the same integrated circuit.

BlackBerry seems to be focusing on vehicle-related initiatives as of late. Today’s news follows reports from May that the company has been working with automakers to develop an anti-hack tool for cars.

Of course, BlackBerry also has its smartphones, and last month marked the release of the BlackBerry KEYone, which is now available in Canada. The majority of carriers have been offering the KEYone to all customers, with the exception of Telus, who only sold the phone to businesses. After hearing feedback, however, Telus has since said the phone will become available to customers as well.

Source: Market Wired