Canadian companies BlackBerry and Magna join forces

In a collaboration to create a number of integrated Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) solutions, Canadian companies BlackBerry and Magna International Inc. have entered into a multi-year agreement.

“Magna’s ADAS expertise and unique ability to integrate system solutions into various vehicle applications gives us a competitive advantage,” said Sharath Reddy, Senior Vice President Magna Electronics.  “Additionally, collaborating with companies like BlackBerry helps us with speed to market.”

In a competitive global tech environment where OEMs are launching vehicles with ever expanded feature sets, the global ADAS market is set for significant growth over the next decade.

As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will provide Magna with QNX software including the QNX Software Development Platform, QNX OS for Safety, QNX Platform for ADAS, as well as professional engineering services for system-level integration, performance optimization, and solution validation.

“It’s a great pleasure to work with another Canadian company – and global market leader in the automotive market,” said John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions. “Our collaboration brings together both companies’ software and functional safety strengths as part of a platform that is already being delivered to multiple global OEMs.

“With software now being a driving force in the automotive industry, delivering compelling solutions that are seamlessly integrated into a vehicle allows OEMs to differentiate themselves.  We are excited to be working with Magna, a fast-moving company on the cutting edge of ADAS, as the technologies undergo rapid adoption and expansion driven by a number of regulatory mandates that are on the horizon.”

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