Volvo Group

Volvo chooses QNX to power heavy-duty trucks, buses and other vehicles

BlackBerry QNX OS will be the foundational software for Volvo's platform covering 300,000 heavy-duty trucks, buses and other vehicles.

Volvo has opted for BlackBerry QNX as the “foundational software for [Volvo’s] main domain controller engine control units.” It will be used on “more than 300,000 heavy vehicles” manufactured by Volvo, a unit of China’s Geely.

Following an in-depth proof of concept, Volvo Group decided to build its ‘Volvo Dynamic Software Platform’ (VDSP) on the QNX OS for Safety and the QNX Hypervisor for Safety, both certified to ISO 26262:2018 ASIL D.

The engagement includes a new flexible use of the QNX OS and Hypervisor for the whole vehicle, which gives developers and architects the freedom to design the best possible system as the company looks at the requirements of the next 15 years, including the future support of autonomous driving and electrification.

Pre-integration with several Adaptive AUTOSAR suppliers was a primary reason Volvo Group chose BlackBerry QNX. Plus, with high levels of Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) compliance, engineers building on BlackBerry QNX can write software for a wide range of applications with a common API.

“BlackBerry QNX is a true partner and has provided us with the foundation we need to produce the safe and secure vehicles of tomorrow,” said Mark Mohr, Senior Vice President Vehicle Technology at Volvo Group.

“BlackBerry is well aligned with the automotive challenges within electrification, automation and connectivity and the technical solutions needed in these domains.”

The software options enable “developers and architects the freedom to design the best possible system,” BlackBerry said in a statement. It allows the company to look at “the requirements of the next 15 years, including the future support of autonomous driving and electrification,”

Original-equipment manufacturers “are constantly looking to deploy the right software foundation for the safe and secure architecture of the whole truck,” BlackBerry’s senior vice president and co-head of technology solutions, John Wall, said.

“With BlackBerry QNX we are able to deliver the components and functionality needed to make this possible,” he added.

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