BlackBerry and Baidu will partner in developing technology for self-driving vehicles

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In September BlackBerry said it was teaming up with auto supplier Delphi on autonomous driving software.

Blackberry and Baidu will work together to speed up the development of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

The Canadian tech firm will supply Baidu, a major Chinese web services supplier and artificial intelligence developer, with its BlackBerry QNX operating system as the basis for Baidu's autonomous-driving open platform, the companies said in a joint news release Wednesday morning. "We aim to provide automakers with a clear and fast path to fully autonomous vehicle production, with safety and security as top priorities".

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BlackBerry (TSX:BB) - which has been repositioning itself as a cybersecurity, software and intellectual property supplier - is also working with numerous automotive industry's major chip makers and parts suppliers.

As part of the deal, BlackBerry QNX's industry-leading safety operating system (OS) will become the foundation for Baidu's Apollo autonomous driving open platform.

BlackBerry's partnership with Baidu allows the tech company to explore secure integration of multiple vehicle subsystems, said John Wall, senior vice president and general manager of BlackBerry QNX. The project was named after the historic lunar landing program to illustrate its scale and complexity. But as one of the world's biggest technology and AI companies, Baidu represents a major win for BlackBerry as it continues to transition from being a hardware company to one focused on software. To learn more about the BlackBerry QNX platform and why it is the most advanced embedded software platform on the autonomous vehicle market, please visit www.blackberry.com/qnx. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, a robust compliance and ethics program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions.

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Baidu, Inc.is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider.

The deal was signed on Wednesday and as a result of the same, BlackBerry's shares went up by 13 percent. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

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