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BlackBerry launches new software for secure ‘connected’ cars

BlackBerry launches new software for secure ‘connected’ cars
A Blackberry sign is seen in front of their offices on the day of their annual general meeting for shareholders in Waterloo, Canada June 23, 2015. BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday its turnaround gained traction as sales at its crucial software segment rose in the first quarter and its broader revenue slide began to ease, sending its shares up 4.3 percent. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

San Francisco:a BlackBerry has launched a new software platform to help automakers create safe and secure connected vehicles.

The new platform called “QNX Hypervisor 2.0” is based on QNX SDP 7.0, BlackBerry’s secure 64-bit embedded operating system that enables developers to partition and isolate safety-critical environments from non-safety critical environments and minimise risk.

“If hackers can access a car through a non-critical ECU system, they can tamper or take over safety-critical areas, such as the steering system, brakes or engine. BlackBerry’s QNX Hypervisor 2.0 safeguards against these types of attacks,” said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Head of BlackBerry QNX.

BlackBerry’s “QNX Hypervisor 2.0” creates virtual software containers such that any hiccup or breach in a single car functional domain can be isolated and does not impact or create vulnerabilities in other domains of the car.

The company also announced that Qualcomm Technologies has adopted “QNX Hypervisor 2.0” as part of certain digital cockpit solutions.

“The QNX Hypervisor 2.0 will assist automakers in taking greater advantage of the power of our Snapdragon automotive platform,” added Nakul Duggal, Vice President, Product Management, Automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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