BlackBerry to power Arrival’s intelligent, electric vans

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Arrival’s intelligent, autonomous-ready commercial vehicles (CVs) will be powered by BlackBerry QNX technology. As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will license QNX to Arrival, including its QNX SDP 7.0 real-time operating system, to serve as the foundation for the ADAS features within the company’s CV platform.

Prototypes of the first full version of the electric delivery vans powered by BlackBerry are set to hit the roads in early 2020. DHL, Royal Mail and retailer John Lewis will also be trialing Arrival’s lightweight EVs, which will provide a class-leading product to a segment short on affordable, zero-emission solutions.

“BlackBerry QNX SDP 7.0 is built to exceed the most demanding requirements for reliability, performance, and security so that forward-thinking vehicle manufacturers like Arrival can focus on what they do best – delivering a competitively priced EV that can go toe to toe with any gas or diesel equivalent,” said John Wall, SVP and co-head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry.

“Arrival’s electric vehicles represent a step change in the automotive industry – combining the very best technology to create a fully connected device on wheels that is a complete pleasure to drive,” added Sergey Malygin, chief of technology, Arrival.

“We are thrilled to be working with BlackBerry. The combination of our expertise will help us realize our vision of making affordable electric vehicles mainstream.”

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Based in Calgary, Canada, Graham covers automotive, technical, motorsport and business assignments for clients in Europe and North America. He previously spent 11 years as a writer and editor for international magazines published in the UK, including Autonomous Vehicle International, and sister publication, Automotive Testing Technology International.

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