QNX and AdasWorks team up to collaborate on Automated Driving Technology

Although it may seem as though things have been quiet on the QNX side of things for BlackBerry, it's really just the opposite. The BlackBerry subsidiary has been tremendously busy hosting webinars, attending conventions and conferences and not so quietly working innovations such as QNX OS for Safety and gearing up for CES 2016 where they will fully unveil their all-new Toyota Highlander concept vehicle.

Their latest news comes by way of the announcement that QNX and AdasWorks, who builds artificial intelligence-based software for automated driving, have forged a technology partnership focused on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. Together, the companies will be porting several AdasWorks functions, including lane detection, moving-object detection, and object classification, to QNX OS platforms. Ultimately, creating a software foundation for intelligent, multi-camera systems that enable automated driving by providing a 360-degree view of the area around the vehicle.

"Next-generation automated driving applications, such as the intelligent object detection in a surround-view system, can provide enhanced comfort and safety. Through AdasWorks' integration with QNX OS technology, our mutual partners and customers will be able to access a solution that complies with industry standards and safety requirements," said Laszlo Kishonti, Founder and CEO of AdasWorks. "Building on our knowledge in computer vision and artificial intelligence, we are ready to take the next steps with QNX Software Systems, the leading experts in automotive embedded systems and safety-critical software platforms."

The race to develop autonomous cars is hot right now and by all accounts, autonomous driving could redefine the automotive industry and QNX is right there leading the way, and this new partnership extends that. We're expecting to hear more from CES 2016 where QNX will be showcasing products from the BlackBerry IoT portfolio, including 'not-to-be-missed new addition' according to QNX.

QNX and AdasWorks Collaborate on Automated Driving Technology

Companies integrating software technologies to enable intelligent, multi-camera surround-view systems.

Ottawa, Ontario and Budapest, Hungary — December 10, 2015 — QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, and AdasWorks, an innovative startup developing artificial intelligence-based software for automated driving, today announced a technology partnership focused on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles.

As part of the new initiative, the companies are porting several AdasWorks functions, including lane detection, moving-object detection, and object classification, to QNX® OS platforms. The goal is to create a software foundation for intelligent, multi-camera systems that enable automated driving by providing a 360-degree view of the area around the vehicle.

"Next-generation automated driving applications, such as the intelligent object detection in a surround-view system, can provide enhanced comfort and safety. Through AdasWorks' integration with QNX OS technology, our mutual partners and customers will be able to access a solution that complies with industry standards and safety requirements," said Laszlo Kishonti, Founder and CEO of AdasWorks. "Building on our knowledge in computer vision and artificial intelligence, we are ready to take the next steps with QNX Software Systems, the leading experts in automotive embedded systems and safety-critical software platforms."

"An OS with proven safety credentials is essential to any semi- or fully-autonomous vehicle, but the vehicle also needs to process a huge amount of information about the world around it," said Andrew Poliak, Global Director of Business Development, QNX Software Systems. "Advanced, neural networks-based algorithms, combined with the right OS, can be key to interpreting and processing multi-camera and multi-sensor-based data efficiently. Together, AdasWorks and QNX technologies can enable the industry to implement automated driving features more quickly and cost effectively."

QNX Software Systems offers a comprehensive portfolio of infotainment, telematics, safety, and acoustics solutions deployed in more than 60 million vehicles worldwide. More than 40 automotive OEMs use QNX software, including the QNX Neutrino® OS, the QNX OS for Safety (compliant to ISO 26262, up to Automotive Safety Integrity Level D), the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment, and QNX acoustics middleware, for their head units, digital instrument clusters, advanced driver information systems, hands-free systems, and connectivity modules.

About AdasWorks

AdasWorks develops artificial intelligence-based automated driving solutions. The company has professional experience in high-performance embedded programming, computer vision, parallel computing, artificial intelligence and navigation technologies. Their vision is to revolutionize the automotive industry by providing an integrated, neural networks-based software toolkit, which makes automated driving safe and affordable. For more information please, visit www.adasworks.com and follow @adasworks on Twitter.

About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, is a leading provider of operating systems, middleware, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Audi, Siemens, General Electric, Cisco, and Lockheed Martin depend on QNX technology for their in-car electronics, medical devices, industrial automation systems, network routers, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Visit www.qnx.com, and follow @QNX_News on Twitter. For updates on the company's automotive work, follow @QNX_Auto and visit qnxauto.blogspot.com

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world's most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.