OEMs continue to implement and embed a range of technologies and software in hopes of increasing the vehicle’s value and experience for consumers. Some software, however, have simply evolved over the years and continue to provide value.
Such is the case for BlackBerry, which found that its QNX software is now embedded in over 235 million vehicles worldwide — up 20 million year-over-year, based on technology analysis and market research firm TechInsights.
Roger C. Lanctot, Director of Automotive Mobility at TechInsights, said BlackBerry is positioned at the fulcrum of multiple Internet of Things (loT) market opportunities. The convergence of the IoT and cybersecurity “will unlock the value of the IoT across smart cities, healthcare, manufacturing, and more,” he said in a statement.
BlackBerry describes the QNX, a commercial Unix-like real-time operating system, as the most “secure and safety-certified automotive software.” Think digital cockpits, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), infotainment systems, and domain controllers. Some of the OEMs that have embraced it include BMW, Bosch, Continental, Dongfeng Motor, Geely, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
“In 10 years, BlackBerry QNX has expanded from being in over 16 million vehicles to over 235 million today,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman & CEO of BlackBerry, in a statement. “As vehicles become increasingly software-defined, our value proposition becomes even more critical to their development and the smart cities they are central to the advancement of.”