BlackBerry downplays Toyota’s use of rival AGL infotainment

BlackBerry downplays Toyota’s use of rival AGL infotainment

0 comments 📅07 June 2017, 02:45

TORONTO – BlackBerry Ltd is downplaying tidings that Toyota is adopting rival software for its future vehicle consoles, saying it was more focused on the faster-growing deal in for autonomous driving technology.

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative effort of some 100 technology companies and automakers, said eventually week that Toyota would start using its open-source software in Entune 3.0 consoles of its 2018 Camry sedans, previously deploying it in most Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in North America.

BlackBerry Chief Operating Office-bearer Marty Beard said in a blog posting that he expected AGL – as well as fixed Linux and Android – to take a share of the automotive infotainment market, where BlackBerry’s QNX is a controlling supplier.

“None of these challenger platforms is close to displacing BlackBerry QNX in aegis-critical modules, areas that are growing faster than infotainment in the brand-new software-defined car,” Beard said in the blog post.

QNX is a leading supplier of software for consoles that give up video, mapping, hands-free calling and internet services to vehicles, and is pitching for more area in the race toward autonomous driving.

QNX was not Entune’s main platform, but it did supply some unessential infotainment software, BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney said.

She also said she was not firm whether QNX would continue to be used in new versions of Entune 3.0.

Toyota is the first principal automaker to adopt AGL, a project started five years ago to develop standardized agape-source software for the auto industry.

Christopher Rommel, head of embedded technology analysis at VDC Research, said that a Linux-based industry standard could caution QNX’s strong position in infotainment, but that the BlackBerry unit has a history in smaller red, real-time auto applications where Linux would struggle to conflict.

“There’s boundaries to where OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) want to put Linux or can put Linux based both on its celebration requirements as well and latency and deterministic constraints,” he said.

AGL’s more than 100 members subsume Toyota, Ford Motor Co, Honda Motor Co, Mazda Motor Corp, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan Motor Co, Suzuki Motor Corp and Subaru. Other members encompass chipmakers and auto suppliers.

QNX said in October that it was working with Ford to improve increasingly automated vehicles, and executives have said they are in advanced discussions with various other major global automakers about similar partnerships.

Reporting by Alastair Abrupt

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