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Byton, Blackberry Team Up to Enhance In-Car Experience

Byton announced in June that it has teamed up with Blackberry to improve its in-car experience. The company will use BlackBerry QNX technology to enhance car ambiance.

Byton chose BlackBerry to power its in-car systems because of its ability to isolate safety critical systems from non-safety critical systems.

“As part of the deal, BlackBerry will license its BlackBerry QNX technology to BYTON, including its industry-leading QNX SDP 7.0 real-time operating system and Hypervisor 2.0 software,” Blackberry announced.

Blackberry QNX offers a wide range of software solutions for the automotive industry. These include infotainment, connectivity, in-car network security, type-1 hypervisor supporting multiple ECU (engine control unit) integration into domain controllers, ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems), and acoustics.

Audi, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, and Toyota also use Blackberry QNX in infotainment systems, acoustics, and dashboard functions.

Byton has a research and development center in Santa Clara, California. It recently opened headquarters in Nanjing, China. It also has operations in Beijing, Hong Kong, Munich, and Shanghai.

Jeff Chung, VP for intelligent car experience at Byton, said in a statement: “Enabling the seamless integration of navigation, infotainment, and critical driving functions is no small task, and when it comes to integrating critical and non-critical applications in a cluster environment, safety and security are our top priorities.”

Mr. Chung says the Byton Shared Experience Display that will be a part of the upcoming range as a “comprehensive communal lounge experience for in-car communication, entertainment, and work.”

The partnership with Blackberry comes after Byton raised $500 million in series B funding. The company will use the funding to launch its first electric car.

Investors include FAW Group, Contemporary Amperex Technology, and Tus-Holdings. The investment will be used to improve mass production, research, and product development.

Byton plans to launch its first batch of prototypes in April 2019. It aims to roll out a mass-produced model in China by 2019 and in the USA and Europe by 2020.

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