BlackBerry extends software deal with Ford Motors

BlackBerry and Ford will expand usage of the QNX platform in future automotive development

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BlackBerry extends software deal with Ford Motors This deal will now mean BlackBerry will be at the focal point of all Ford's future car plans. (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  November 1, 2016

BlackBerry has signed an agreement with Ford Motors to incorporate its range of software into future Ford cars.

Since BlackBerry ditched its hardware services, it now looks to focus on software, and in this instance, BlackBerry is expand the use of its QNX Neutrino software in Ford cars. BlackBerry will also offer a team of engineers to also develop its Certicom security technology and its audio processing software.

John Chen, chief executive of BlackBerry, said: "The future of the automobile is all about embedded intelligence. I believe our expertise in secure embedded software makes us the preferred technology provider to put the smart in the car."

BlackBerry's head of QNX John Wall, added: "Manufacturers and consumers must be able to trust that the software controlling their vehicles is secure, and that processing systems and security software protect malware or rogue software from taking over a vehicle. The future of automotive is all about embedded security and intelligence."

Ford has in fact been using BlackBerry's QNX software for its Sync in-car infotainment system, but bought it through Panasonic. However this deal will now mean BlackBerry will be at the focal point of all Ford's future car plans.

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