BlackBerry to protect Delphi self-driving cars from cyber threats

Delphi self-driving cars

The two companies signed a commercial working partnership that will bring BlackBerry QNX operating system to Delphi’s self-driving car platform. BlackBerry’s auto OS is already found in infotainment centers from several carmakers, most notably Ford’s Sync system.

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BlackBerry’s OS used in tandem with Delphi’s own software algorithms and middleware to bolster the platform’s performance and safety. Safety here refers to cybersecurity, which BlackBerry claims is the QNX’s strong suit. The OS boasts features like microkernel architecture, file encryption, and anomaly detection, among others.

Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform

The partnership will bring the QNX OS to Delphi’s proposed Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform. The company calls a fully integrated automated driving solution, slated for release in 2019. Delphi hopes to offer the CSLP platform to automakers that don’t develop their own autonomous system as an aftermarket self-driving option.

Cybersecurity a significant matter for the automotive industry at large. Most modern cars boast infotainment centers and other systems connected to the cloud in one way or another. So keeping vehicle systems and data secure is of paramount importance. Especially with the spread of V2V communication systems. Other connected car operating systems from other software giants like Android and Linux.

The need for security was clear when CIA documents leaked in the WikiLeaks Vault 7 CIA data dump back in March described efforts to develop malware to infect IoT devices. Including Vehicle Systems.

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As cars become even more connected and drive themselves. The automotive cyberattacks will only become more common so even more protection is in order.