Blackberry and Chinese internet giant Baidu are in active negotiations to collaborate on the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology for automotive OEMs and suppliers worldwide, Which-50 can reveal.
Yesterday we received a press release Which-50 believed was a standard company announcement and published the story titled “Blackberry and Baidu announce autonomous car partnership.”
After publication we were informed that the press release, which included quotes from senior executives from both companies, had been mistakenly distributed to the press and was inaccurate.
We took the story down; however, over the last 24 hours we have confirmed the basic facts.
While no definitive agreement is in place between the two companies, Blackberry and Baidu are in active discussions. Terms of the agreement are yet to be defined and the parties confirmed to Which-50 that negotiations are ongoing.
“While we look forward to working with them, no definitive agreement is in place,” a BlackBerry spokesperson told Which-50.
Blackberry also held an event in Shanghai yesterday which Baidu was involved in.
Both companies are highly active in the driverless car space.
These days BlackBerry is a cybersecurity software and services company. Last year it opened its Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre which is housed within the BlackBerry QNX facility in Ottawa, Ontario.
And while its core product is internet search, Baidu is investing in the development of autonomous driving. Baidu’s “Project Apollo” — an open source platform for driverless cars — aims to release fully autonomous vehicles by 2020 and recently announced plans to invest $1.5 billion in autonomous driving start-ups over the next three years.
The original documentation we were sent said the two companies will work together on multiple initiatives which may include BlackBerry QNX providing its safety-certified operating system as the foundation for Baidu’s Apollo autonomous drive platform.
Baidu’s offerings like CarLife, DuerOS cloud-based voice recognition, and its high-definition maps may be integrated into Blackberry’s QNX OS platform.