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September 12, 2019

BlackBerry to Power Future Subaru Connectivity, Infotainment System

Remember BlackBerry? The smartphones with a crisp physical keyboard so good users were called “CrackBerry” at one point? The brand may have all but disappeared in the smartphone space, but they’re finding new life in Subarus.

Denso Corporation and BlackBerry announced that the first integrated digital cockpit system powered by BlackBerry QNX will be used by Subaru. The technology dubbed, “Harmony Core” will be available first in the United States from the end of this year in the all-new Legacy and Outback.

Co-developed by BlackBerry and Denso, in collaboration with Subaru, this leading-edge digital cockpit solution uses BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor (virtualization) technology to enable integrated control of in-vehicle (Human Machine Interface) or HMI systems.

This approach is unique is that typically vehicles are equipped with device-specific operating systems made to work in unison. Because of this, it was not possible to coordinate them to display content and sound in a uniform way. With the BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor technology, it enables the independence of several operating systems with different characteristics and controls the integration with one microcomputer.

Subaru is the first vehicle manufacturer in the world to commercially deploy the jointly developed digital cockpit platform. Moving forward, more automobile manufacturers around the world will sequentially launch new car models with the integrated HMI.

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