Motional Driverless Platform to use BlackBerry’s QNX Black Channel

Technology enables Motional to provide safe data communication exchanges within the vehicle's safety systems


MotionalMotional will be BlackBerry’s first customer to use QNX Black Channel Communications for driverless systems, with BlackBerry announcing that its QNX Black Channel Communications Technology will be used in Motional’s next-generation driverless vehicles.

Through this technology, Motional will provide safe data communication exchanges within the vehicle’s safety systems.

John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, said, “It’s a real privilege to contribute our technology to Motional, a leader in developing safe, self-driving vehicles.”

He added: “QNX Black Channel Communications Technology supports Motional’s mission to deliver ‘safety-first’ systems in an era in which driverless transportation is evolving at a rapid pace.”

Junsung Kim, Vice President of Infrastructure Software, Motional, said, “The safety of our vehicles is always Motional’s first priority.”

“We look forward to leveraging BlackBerry QNX Black Channel Communications Technology in our next-generation vehicle development and continuing Motional’s exceptional safety legacy,” he added.

QNX Black Channel Communications Technology, certified to ISO 26262 ASIL D, is the automotive industry’s functional safety standard.

It is based on the safe data communication requirements identified in IEC 61508 and mitigation measures defined in AUTOSAR End-to-End communications protection profiles.

Data communication

It makes the countless nodes of data communication in embedded systems functionally safe. By safely encapsulating the data being exchanged and validating it with essential safety checks, it protects data communication from systematic software faults, random hardware faults and transient faults while helping in the automatic prevention of damage from these failures, all with minimal impact on system performance.

BlackBerry has a wide range of functional safety-certified software including its QNX operating system, development tools and middleware for autonomous and connected vehicles.

Automakers and Tier 1s make use of BlackBerry QNX® software in their advanced driver assistance, handsfree and infotainment systems, besides digital instrument clusters and connectivity modules.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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