JLR Taps BlackBerry To Provide Next-Gen Infotainment Software

Jaguar Land Rover is teaming up with BlackBerry, as the tech company is gearing up to develop a new software architecture for the automaker’s next generation of vehicles.

BlackBerry has announced that it would license its QNX operating system to JLR and provide a team of its own engineers to build a new computing structure, reports Autonews. The first stage of this partnership will be the development of a new in-car infotainment system.

The QNX unit, which has been used on car infotainment systems before, is expected to start generating revenue in 2019. It’s been designed for the “evolving instrument cluster,” according to BlackBerry, in anticipation that by the year 2021, over 82% of new vehicles will feature hybrid (that is, partly digital) instrument clusters, while 17.8% are expected to be fully digital.

“Connected and autonomous vehicles will react and drive based on rich data,” stated BlackBerry exec John Wall. “Automakers such as Jaguar Land Rover are realizing they need to take an active role in defining the software architecture for their vehicles.”

Powering these next-gen infotainment systems for JLR will probably be Qualcomm, which is said to supply the automaker with its processors.

Note: Range Rover Velar infotainment pictured

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  • Six_Tymes

    thats a start. they need a better nav system, so this team up sounds promising

  • Dr Strangefinger

    T G it’s not apple or google!

    • Status

      Consumer-level OS’s are just there for front-end interface. Back end stuff is QNX’s strength.

  • Nordschleife

    I heard they still have lots of lag with their system. I hope they get it together.

  • BlackPegasus

    Because when I think of the future of technology, I think Blackberry. 😣

    • Leconte Dave

      Most of the cars these days have blackberry technologies

  • TheBelltower

    Whats a Blackberry?

    • LWOAP

      The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the genus Rubus in the family Rosaceae, hybrids among these species within the subgenus Rubus, and hybrids between the subgenera Rubus and Idaeobatus

      Oh, I’m sorry. You meant the phone, right?

      • Status

        Not the phone (they’re dead). He means the OS.

  • Navy ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Although I am all for technology, the engineers should have thought about how time-consuming the tablet-like structural infotainment system is in the cooler months when heating is necessary to operate versus actual physical buttons mounted to the center stack when the user wants to immediately utilize the climate settings, as well as the heating seat functions; most importantly, the Jaguar XJ should have been implemented on a new foundation or platform to establish as a replacement for a nearly decade-old XJ.

  • SteersUright

    This better incorporate Android and Apply CarPlay given that these two dominate the cell phone market meaning almost every driver will try to connect one of those type phones. Otherwise, its an exercise in futility.

    • Status

      It will. AA and ACP are just front end interfaces. QNX is the unseen backend giant. This has nothing to do with old Blackberry phones and everything to do with Blackberry’s OS property.

  • lagunas3ca

    Qualcomm processors, that’s a start.

  • Bullitt2605

    For business Blackberrys were superior to everything else as far as durability, security and integration with MS Exchange and active directory. But apps are all people care about so there you go.

  • G82FS

    Why blackberry? Was US robotics not available? I doubt there is a less relevant tech company left…