BlackBerry and Qualcomm Partner in Connected Vehicle Technology

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Yesterday, BlackBerry announced it has teamed up with a subsidiary of San Diego-based semiconductor giant Qualcomm to develop the next generation of connected vehicles.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said Thursday that it has agreed to help optimize some of Qualcomm’s hardware platforms for using BlackBerry’s QNX software. The latter manages certain functions of connected vehicles, such as information and entertainment systems.

BlackBerry will also optimize other software that will be used in some Qualcomm Snapdragon modems.

The two companies, which have a long tradition of technology collaboration together, have not disclosed the financial details of this new deal.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm agreed to extend a $940 million USD rebate to BlackBerry to resolve a dispute over royalty payments.

The automotive industry has been one of the biggest growth opportunities for BlackBerry since it has essentially moved away from smartphone manufacturing to more and more wireless software and services.

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