China Tesla rival Xpeng employs Blackberry for in-car OS

China Tesla rival Xpeng employs Blackberry for in-car OS
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Canadian tech manufacturer Blackberry is making a return to markets with Automotive tech developer Desay SV. The duo has been employed by Chinese EV maker Xpeng of Guangzhou to manufacture the in-car OS for upcoming models.

On August 24, Blackberry announced that they had developed an autonomous driving domain controller called ‘IPU-03’ along with Desay SV for Xpeng’s P7 sedan, and this tech has already been mass-produced. Blackberry’s QNX OS powers the IPU-03 controller driving system.

The IPU-03 gives a multidirectional sensor-based analysis and calculates the vehicle’s driving status to allow drivers to make smart decisions. Besides, the NVIDIA Xavier platform infused in the IPU-03 is capable of processing massive data input from the vehicle’s various sensors, including radars, cameras, lidar, and ultrasonic systems without delay. 

“Desay SV Automotive has extensive experience in intelligent cockpits, smart driving, and connected services”, said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. “To that end, it’s a real privilege to have BlackBerry technology powering the intelligent driving system within Xpeng Motors innovative new P7 system.” 

Speaking about working with Blackberry, Li Huang, Xpeng’s General Manager of Technology Center at Desay SV Automotive said: “Our relationship with BlackBerry QNX allows both companies to improve our product advantages in the field of autonomous driving to provide car manufacturers and users with safe, high-performance and smart mobility solutions.”

This update in Xpeng tech comes as the automaker applied for a New York IPO and entered the American EV market. Xpeng is the third prominent EV maker to venture into the USA after LiAuto and Nio, making large profits there. 

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