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China’s Byton Partners With Blackberry for Software on First Production Vehicles

Byton, China’s poster child in automotive technology, has announced its partnership with Blackberry mobile. Combining forces to make Byton’s Shared Experience Display a reality, the automotive entrant will utilise Blackberry’s QNX technology as the basis for the software on the game-changing console.

Byton’s M-Byte concept car is equal parts luxury and futurism. Image: Byton

The display, which spans across the dashboard for both front passengers, was first showcased at CES 2018 in Las Vegas and displayed during CES Asia 2018 in Shanghai just weeks ago. With the company’s collaboration with Blackberry, it promises a connected, secure and responsive interface for users. Blackberry’s QNX SDP 7.0 and Hypervisor 2.0 will be made available to Byton for use on their upcoming production.

As with most modern in-car controls, Blackberry’s systems will have plenty demanded from them. From navigation to infotainment, safety and in-car communication, Byton’s upcoming production vehicle would have plenty of features on board.

Blackberry’s QNX SDP 7.0 is a software development platform that emphasises reliability and multi-level security, with IE certifications for automotive, industrial and even medical uses. QNX Tools allows Byton software engineers to expedite UI and UX solutions with its developer-oriented design.

Hypervisor 2.0 separates vital from non-essential components within the system, ensuring priority for user safety to the utmost.

Byton’s finalised production vehicle is set to hit Chinese roads by 2019 and is slated to enter the European and US market by 2020.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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