There’s an explosion of innovation going on in the automotive industry, and a lot of new technologies are coming into the cabin. Everyone’s trying to focus on how they can create a better in-cabin experience. It’s great to have a partnership with BlackBerry QNX — with a world-class operating system that allows us to not only leverage modern technologies and features, but also have them work in an integrated fashion.
Jeff Jury, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Connected Car, Xperi
A Production-Ready Partnership
DTS knew that beyond automotive safety systems there are ways to greatly improve the in-car experience. It also knew that this was only achievable with the right partner.
"Even with a strong platform, there are many things that could derail a project," notes Attila Mikes, director of product management at Xperi. "These include licensing, collaboration between sales and legal, and scaling. We recognized early on that the BlackBerry QNX team has the experience to overcome these and any other challenges we might encounter."
Enlisting Technology and Follow-Through
DTS operates on the principle that good development should be interactive, flexible, and highly personalized. Its team works in an agile environment with clearly defined checkpoints and frequent iterations, all with the goal of delivering the highest code quality possible for production. These needs could not be met by an OS alone.
“BlackBerry QNX’s rich toolset and outstanding support were important, but they were not the only factors we considered,” Mikes explains. “We also looked at the capacity to define and follow through on a common goal, on-point project management, and the capacity of a partner to understand what drives us. BlackBerry stood out on all fronts.”
Accelerating Towards Automotive Innovation
The QNX® Neutrino® Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) has been deployed by thousands of companies in millions of vehicles since its debut in the 1980s. Today it forms a foundation for advanced software-defined vehicle architectures, enabling sophisticated features and functionalities, while also ensuring reliability in mission-critical systems. Leveraging the QNX® Software Development Platform (SDP), DTS/Xperi can bring the full potential of BlackBerry® QNX® technology to bear.
“We have been working with BlackBerry QNX since 2019,” Mikes says. “I would say that thus far, the highlight of our work is the fact that our first combined DMS-OMS (driver monitoring system-occupant monitoring system) solution using a single wide-field-of-view camera targets QNX as the main operating system.”
Looking Forward to a Future with BlackBerry QNX
“As we develop new automotive features and experiences, it's very important that we collaborate with key partners,” Jury says. “BlackBerry QNX is one such partner. Their OS allows us to deliver on our offerings and create a more immersive, personalized experience — to realize our vision of how the future of driving will look.”
"Usually, an initial project has the potential to reveal the lack of vision alignment between the two parties," Mikes adds. "This is not the case here. We're very much looking forward to future projects with BlackBerry QNX."