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BlackBerry, DENSO's HMI system ships in Subaru vehicles

2019-09-11 06:52 ET - News Release

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DENSO Corp. and BlackBerry Ltd.'s first integrated HMI (human machine interface) digital cockpit system with BlackBerry QNX technology has shipped in the first vehicles by leading Japanese automotive manufacturer, Subaru. The technology, named DENSO Harmony Core, will be available first in the United States from fall 2019 in the all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy and Outback (U.S. model).

Co-developed by BlackBerry and DENSO, in collaboration with Subaru, this leading-edge digital cockpit solution uses BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor (virtualization) technology to enable integrated control of in-vehicle HMI systems. First revealed at CES in 2018, this blend of advanced software and human interaction creates a seamless automotive user experience as data-driven connected vehicles become reality.

Today, vehicles are equipped with multiple HMI systems, which require several device-specific operating systems to work in unison. Because the operating systems are independently controlled by multiple microcontrollers, it has not been possible to unite and coordinate them to display content and sound in a uniform way. The BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor technology enables the independence of several operating systems with different characteristics and controls the integration with one microcomputer.

"Software is the driving force in next-generation automotive design," John Wall, senior vice-president and general manager of BlackBerry QNX, said. "As cars become more data driven and automated, they demand functional, secure and trusted in-vehicle software. A leader in automotive technology, BlackBerry is excited to bring one of the world's first integrated digital cockpit platforms to market with DENSO in Subaru's latest vehicles, helping manufacturers to take advantage of a significant industry trend -- the exploding demand for a safe, seamless, digital in-car experience."

According to Data Bridge Market Research, the global automotive digital cockpit market is expected to have an estimated value of $41.15-billion (U.S.) by 2026 (CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 13.67 per cent between 2019 and 2026). The research also reports that growth in the ADAS market and increasing demand for electric vehicles is the major factor for the growth of this market.

"We are very pleased to launch one of the first integrated HMI platforms in the world with BlackBerry and Subaru," said Atsushi Hayashida, director, head of cockpit systems business unit of DENSO. "With the rapid development of technology for self-driving and electric vehicles, the value of cars is about to change significantly. By collaborating with other companies and research institutes, refining the technology and accelerating product and service delivery to help manufacturers deliver next-generation vehicles, DENSO is creating new value for the global Smart Mobility society."

"Subaru is synonymous with innovation, quality and building trusted vehicles that customers can rely on," said Tatsuya Okuno, vice-president and chief general manager of the engineering division of Subaru Corp. "Together with DENSO and BlackBerry, we are excited to introduce the integrated HMI cockpit systems in the all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy and Outback (U.S. model). This is a world first in new automotive digital experiences that seamlessly combines the cluster, head unit, infotainment system and entertainment screens with the class-leading safety Subaru is known for. We are excited to roll out the Harmony Core HMI technology in future car models with BlackBerry and DENSO."

Subaru is the first vehicle manufacturer in the world to commercially deploy the jointly developed digital cockpit platform, featuring BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor. From September, 2019, automobile manufacturers around the world will sequentially launch new car models with the integrated HMI.

About BlackBerry Ltd.

BlackBerry is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of things. Based in Waterloo, Ont., the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, end-point security and management, encryption, and embedded systems.

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