Electronics and Semiconductors

Blackberry Subsidiary Signs 2 ADAS Deals

17 December 2015

To further its penetration into advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles, Blackberry Limited’s subsidiary QNX Software Systems Limited has signed two deals in order to port ADAS functions to its operating systems.

The first deal, signed with AdasWorks, will port several AdasWorks functions including lane detection, object classification and moving-object detection to QNX’s OS platforms. The goal of the deal will be to create a software foundation for intelligent, multi-camera systems that allow automated driving by delivering a 360-degree view of the area around the vehicle, QNX says.

QNX believes that an OS with demonstrated safety credentials is essential to any semi- or fully-autonomous vehicle, but also with the ability to process huge amounts of information about the world around the vehicle. This requires advanced neural networks-based algorithms combined with the right OS that can interpret and process multi-camera and multi-sensor-based data, QNX says.

The second deal was signed with Luxoft Holdings Inc. for an ADAS technology partnership where Luxoft will install its road-model based computer vision algorithms for tracking objects such as vehicles, pedestrians, buildings and road signs into the QNX OS platform.

In the technology engine, Luxoft will use its CVNAR software framework, which includes augmented reality such as augmented guidance, navigation, points of interest and destination highlighting. Combined with QNX’s infotainment, telematics, safety and acoustics portfolio the partnership will target automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers looking to enhance ADAS and autonomous driving programs.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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