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QNX Unveils New Software Platform for ADAS and Automated Driving

By January 6, 2016Press Release, QNX

Platform can scale across a wide range of automated driving systems, enabling customers to reuse software assets, minimize system certification efforts, and speed time-to-market

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA–(Marketwired – Jan. 6, 2016) – International CES 2016, LVCC North Hall, Booth 325 – QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), today announced a new addition to its portfolio of automotive software products, the QNX® Platform for ADAS.

Designed for scalability, the platform will enable automotive companies to build a full range of automated driving systems, from informational ADAS modules that provide a 360° surround view of the vehicle, to sensor fusion systems that combine data from multiple sources such as cameras and radar, to high-performance processors that make control decisions in fully autonomous vehicles.

Built on operating system (OS) technology proven in safety-critical control systems, the QNX® Platform for ADAS can help customers minimize system-level safety certification efforts, while reusing software assets across projects for greater return-on-investment. The platform also provides access to an ecosystem of ADAS technology suppliers that offer complementary hardware and software solutions, enabling faster time-to-market.

The core of the new platform is the QNX OS for Safety, an ISO 26262-certified OS that supports all of the automotive safety integrity levels, from ASIL A to ASIL D, required by automated driving systems. The OS is built on a modular microkernel architecture that simplifies the integration of new sensor technologies and purpose-built ADAS processors, while providing the fault resilience needed for systems that require the highest level of reliability.

To give development teams a jumpstart on new projects, the QNX Platform for ADAS includes pre-integrated reference implementations for building multi-camera vision systems and V2X applications (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications). The vision system implementation is based on the platform’s multi-camera framework, which simplifies system design by managing the complexities of camera control on behalf of applications. The V2X implementation uses the platform’s remote V2X interface, which handles V2X notifications from surrounding vehicles and infrastructure elements such as traffic signals.

The QNX Platform for ADAS includes a high availability manager to perform rapid recovery from software faults, POSIX APIs to simplify migration of existing ADAS applications, fast boot times to enable “instant on” systems, time partitioning to guarantee CPU cycles for critical software processes, programming interfaces to simplify integration of third-party AUTOSAR environments, as well as secure networking protocols and file systems.

“The QNX Platform for ADAS combines our experience in building software for more than 60 million cars with our 30-year history in safety-critical systems and our deep expertise in safety standards like ISO 26262 and IEC 61508,” said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Head of QNX Software Systems. “Through this unique pedigree, QNX is ideally positioned to help automakers and tier one suppliers move from research to production in the still-uncharted market of automated driving.”

“The automotive industry is at an inflection point, with vehicles moving quickly towards greater autonomy. However, the software required for automated driving applications is highly sophisticated, creating a need for software providers with deep experience in integrating complex systems, safely and securely,” said Ian Riches, Director, Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics. “QNX Software Systems has a strong reputation and proven competency in safety-critical systems and functional safety standards. As such, it is in a good position to both benefit from and influence the evolution of automated driving systems.”

Complementary Partner Technologies

Already, key hardware and software suppliers are supporting the QNX Platform for ADAS with systems-on-chip (SoCs), V2X modules, vision algorithms, communications middleware, and other complementary technologies. Pre-integrated partner technologies scheduled for the first release of the platform include:

  • SoCs – Intel® Atom™ Processor C2000 product family, Texas Instruments (TI) TDA2x processor family.
  • ADAS platforms – NVIDIA® DRIVE™ Automotive Platform for computer vision, deep learning, sensor fusion.
  • ADAS vision – Itseez ADAS algorithms for pedestrian detection, forward collision warnings, traffic sign recognition, and lane detection; and TI’s vision libraries for front cameras, surround-view systems, sensor fusion, and smart backup cameras.
  • V2X – Cohda Wireless’s widely deployed V2X MK5 On Board Units, software stacks, and applications, with remote interface for data analysis and simulated GPS for performing multi-vehicle simulation.

“ADAS and automotive driving systems are a highly collaborative effort, requiring IP from an array of technology partners. By building an ecosystem of complementary technologies, we are helping customers minimize integration efforts and speed development – this is the same collaborative approach that has helped QNX become the premier software supplier for the infotainment system market,” said Andrew Poliak, Global Director of Business Development, QNX Software Systems.

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.


The QNX Platform for ADAS is scheduled for general release in Q2 2016.

ADAS and V2X demos at CES 2016

This week at CES, QNX Software Systems is demonstrating its latest innovations for acoustics, ADAS, digital instrument clusters, infotainment, and V2X. Visit the BlackBerry booth: North Hall, #325.

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  • Kaniththa

    I say QNX is going to do a better job on self drive car

    • QNXbbx

      Yeah, QNX really makes, as it has for decades, the huge difference between adverts bullshit and industrial strength products.

      The major concern for us all is what happens if QNX gets bought by the GOOGLE motherfuckers…
      That’d be the day we would need to drop our network connections… but we won’t be able to opt out, thanks to the clowns that keep sleeping in Antitrust committees around the world

  • QNXbbx

    You know, James, what makes me sick?
    Your article is very good, however, the GOOGLE analdroided society does not understand what you are taking about… and they don’t even care.
    Despite the fact that QNX has been powering all sorts of high tech mission critical systems for 35 years thanks to its superior architecture, we have learned that today, technical stuff isn’t something the big numbers like to read, but what they barely understand is the picture of the ridiculous Goooogle self crashing car on every article talking about autonomous cars (which has been going on for 10 years 10 times a day).
    And as far as they are concerned, nothing else matters… they’re totally locked in their fucked up Goooogle/ Apple world, hypnotized by adverts, just looking at the pictures.
    This mix of ignorance, superficiality and indifference is going to bring QNX into the motherfuckers hands, sooner or later.
    And in the end the GOOGLE will be regarded as the company which made autonomous cars happen, with the blessing of Obama and government money… as if they needed it.
    Meanwhile, BlackBerry shares dropped another 5% yesterday.
    In the fish market theater of nonsense, the horror show must go on…