BlackBerry and TTTech Join in Drive to Boost ADAS/Autonomous

Two digital automotive technology companies are joining forces in a bid to overcome the persistent challenges facing increasing automation in vehicles.

BlackBerry and TTTech Auto have announced partnership to integrate BlackBerry’s QNX Neutrino real-time operating system (RTOS) and TTTech Auto’s vehicle software platform MotionWise for ADAS and software-defined vehicles. The pair recognize that ADAS and autonomous driving systems impose increased functional safety and performance requirements. To address the extra computing performance requirements, high performance Systems-on-a-Chip (SoCs) are required to interconnect with a reliable high-speed communication backbone. Likewise, software functions are required to cooperate within and across all interconnected SoCs in a reliable and safe way.

QNX claims a foundational software component that runs on individual SoCs. TTTech Auto’s MotionWise, in turn, claims to orchestrate software functions across several SoCs. The tight integration of these two technologies, which have individually been proven in production in millions of vehicles around the globe, could orchestrate vehicle workloads offering well-defined system safety and performance.

John Wall, senior vice-president and co-head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, said: “With QNX and TTTech Auto, carmakers can benefit from our combined expertise to streamline the orchestration between disparate hardware and software components required to bring safe, secure, and reliable automated and autonomous driving systems to market more efficiently.”

Stefan Poledna, CTO of TTTech Auto, added: “Based on a very robust and performant integration platform which is supporting advanced complex SoCs, safety and real-time requirements can be met. We are partnering our technology with the QNX operating system to achieve system-wide safety and performance properties for software-defined vehicles, thereby addressing such challenges as bounded communication latencies that can impact on safety and security in today’s software-defined vehicle environments.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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