Util recently Toyota was using BlackBerry’s software as a component of its Entune system for certain infotainment services but the car manufacturer has announced that it is going to adopt AGL as its new infotainment platform for its 2018 Camry model.
It is known that AGL is a collaborative effort between more than 100 technology companies and automakers, and the group confirmed recently that Toyota will use the open source software in most of its Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in North America.
The COO of BlackBerry, Marty Beard writing on a blog has clarified that it will not have any negative effect on BlackBerry QNX as it is the market leader in automotive infotainment, used in more than 60 million cars by over 40 brands around the world. He has further stated that QNX’s status in infotainment and virtual cockpit controllers remains rock-solid, while its future in the rest of the connected car is brighter than ever.
He said that BlackBerry QNX has broadened its portfolio in the past few years well beyond infotainment. It now has also forayed into safety-certified software solutions that enable carmakers to rapidly create Digital Instrument Clusters, Telematics and ADAS systems, Domain controllers, Electronic Control Gateways, Acoustics and Cyber Security systems, and more.
Beard further states that it is likely that Auto Grade Linux, like regular Linux and Android, will have market share in automotive infotainment. But none of these challenger platforms is close to displacing BlackBerry QNX in safety-critical modules, areas that are growing faster than infotainment in the modern software-defined car.