Arrival vanSource: Arrival

As Arrival prepares to test their prototype electric delivery vans starting in 2020 with help from DHL, Royal Mail and John Lewis, it has now been announced they will be powered by BlackBerry QNX technology including the QNX SDP 7.0 real-time operating system.

"BlackBerry's QNX technology powers more than 150 million vehicles on the road today, many of which use QNX SDP 7.0 which is built to exceed the most demanding requirements for reliability, performance, and security so that forward-thinking vehicle manufacturers like Arrival can focus on what they do best – delivering a competitively priced EV that can go toe to toe with any gas or diesel equivalent," said John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry. "Arrival is committed to helping drivers to make a seamless switch to EVs and the opportunity to contribute our technology to their second generation of intelligent electric commercial vehicles is a real privilege."

"Arrival's electric vehicles represent a step change in the automotive industry - combining the very best technology to create a fully connected device on wheels that is a complete pleasure to drive," said Sergey Malygin, Chief of Technology, Arrival. "We are thrilled to be working with BlackBerry whose impressive track record and commitment to safety and security make them a perfect partner. The combination of our expertise will help us realize our vision of making affordable electric vehicles mainstream."

This announcement is the latest in a string of announcements of highlighting BlackBerry QNX. Recently, it was announced Hyundai Autron would be using BlackBerry QNX for their next-gen ADAS and Autonomous Driving Software Platform while ETAS and BlackBerry announced they would jointly develop and market a safety-critical platform for use in next generation connected and autonomous vehicles.