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BlackBerry has announced that Arrival’s autonomous-ready commercial vehicles will be powered by its QNX technology.

Prototypes of the first full version of the electric delivery vans powered by BlackBerry are set to hit the roads in early 2020.

As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will license its BlackBerry QNX technology to Arrival, including its QNX SDP 7.0 real-time operating system which will serve as the secure foundation for ADAS features within the company’s vehicle platform.

Sergey Malygin, Chief of Technology, Arrival, says: “We are thrilled to be working with BlackBerry whose impressive track record and commitment to safety and security make them a perfect partner. The combination of our expertise will help us realize our vision of making affordable electric vehicles mainstream.”

John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry, adds: “BlackBerry’s QNX technology powers more than 150 million vehicles on the road today, many of which use QNX SDP 7.0 which 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.”

Wall says: “Arrival is committed to helping drivers to make a seamless switch to EVs and the opportunity to contribute our technology to their second generation of intelligent electric commercial vehicles is a real privilege.”

Founded in 2015, Arrival is headquartered in the UK. It currently employs over 700 people between its offices in the UK, USAIsraelRussia and Germany.

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