DENSO and BlackBerry integrate to provide control of in-vehicle HMI systems

DENSO and BlackBerry announced on Wednesday that integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) digital cockpit system with BlackBerry QNX technology has shipped in the first vehicles by Japanese automotive manufacturer, SUBARU. The technology, named DENSO ‘Harmony Core’ will be available first in the United States from Autumn 2019 in the all-new 2020 SUBARU Legacy and Outback (U.S. model).

SUBARU is initial vehicle manufacturer to commercially deploy the jointly developed digital cockpit platform, featuring BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor. From this month, automobile manufacturers around the world will sequentially launch new car models with the integrated HMI. 

Co-developed by BlackBerry and DENSO, in collaboration with SUBARU, this digital cockpit solution uses BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor (virtualization) technology to enable integrated control of in-vehicle HMI systems. First revealed at CES in 2018, this blend of advanced software and human interaction creates a seamless automotive user experience as data-driven connected vehicles become a reality. 

DENSO is a $48.3 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 211 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification and electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company’s  170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. 

Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 9.3 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending Mar. 31, 2019.

According to Data Bridge Market Research, the global automotive digital cockpit market is expected to have an estimated value of USD 41.15 billion by 2026 (CAGR of 13.67 percent between 2019-2026).  The research also reports that growth in the ADAS market and increasing demand for electric vehicle is the major factor for the growth of this market.

Vehicles are now equipped with multiple HMI systems, which require several device-specific operating systems to work in unison. Because the operating systems are independently controlled by multiple microcontrollers, it has not been possible to unite and coordinate them to display content and sound in a uniform way. The BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor technology enables the independence of several operating systems with different characteristics and controls the integration with one microcomputer.

“Software is the driving force in next-generation automotive design,” John Wall, SVP and general manager of BlackBerry QNX said. “As cars become more data-driven and automated, they demand functional, secure and trusted in-vehicle software. A leader in automotive technology, BlackBerry is excited to bring the world’s first integrated digital cockpit platforms to market with DENSO in SUBARU’s latest vehicles, helping manufacturers to take advantage of a significant industry trend – the exploding demand for a safe, seamless, digital in-car experience.”

“We are very pleased to launch the first integrated HMI platforms in the world with BlackBerry and SUBARU,” said Atsushi Hayashida, Director, Head of Cockpit Systems Business Unit of DENSO. “With the rapid development of technology for self-driving and electric vehicles, the value of cars is about to change significantly. By collaborating with other companies and research institutes, refining the technology and accelerating product and service delivery to help manufacturers deliver next generation vehicles, DENSO is creating new value for the global Smart Mobility society.”

“SUBARU is synonymous with innovation, quality and building trusted vehicles that customers can rely on,” said Tatsuya Okuno, vice president and chief general manager of Engineering DIV.1 of SUBARU Corporation, SUBARU. “Together with DENSO and BlackBerry, we are excited to introduce the integrated HMI cockpit systems in the all-new 2020 SUBARU Legacy and Outback (U.S. model). This is a world-first in new automotive digital experiences that seamlessly combines the cluster, head unit, infotainment system, and entertainment screens with the class-leading safety SUBARU is known for. We are excited to roll-out the Harmony Core HMI technology in future car models with BlackBerry and DENSO.” 


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