On August 1, BlackBerry Limited and Hozon Auto announced that NETA Auto, an EV brand owned by Hozon Auto, has selected BlackBerry QNX technology to power its soon-to-be-produced futuristic sports sedan, the NETA S.
The deployment will ensure the functional safety, cybersecurity and reliability of the vehicle’s critical systems while providing users with an engaging, immersive, and digital-first driving experience.
As part of the agreement, the NETA S will use the BlackBerry QNX Neutrino RTOS and QNX Hypervisor for the vehicle’s new intelligent technology console, ‘NETA SPACE’. In addition, NETA AUTO’s full-stack NETA PILOT 3.0 intelligent ADAS technology will also feature the QNX OS for Safety, helping realize intelligent assisted driving in multiple scenarios.
“We are pleased to partner with NETA Auto to create a next-generation digital console system and intelligent driver assistance system for the NETA S,” said Dhiraj Handa, VP, Asia-Pacific, BlackBerry Technology Solutions.
Zhang Qi, Executive Vice President of Intelligent Institution, NETA Auto, said, “In the future, NETA Auto will continue to collaborate with BlackBerry to bring a more convenient, integrated and intelligent automotive life experience to our customers.”
On July 31 this year, Neta S was officially launched and currently retails between 199,800 and 338,800 yuan ($29,554 – $50,115). The model is positioned as a sports smart coupe and was built on the self-developed Shanhai platform that provides two sets of power systems, pure electric and extended range. It will be delivered by the end of 2022. Among them, the extended-range version of the CLTC has a cruising range of 1,160 kilometers.
The interior of the model features an advanced intelligent console with a large 17.6-inch central touchscreen, allowing the driver to receive important information via the minimalist display located behind the steering wheel or from the AR heads-up display. Additionally, the front passenger side has its own 12.3-inch infotainment screen. Additional highlights of the NETA S include heated and ventilated massage seats, as well as headrest speakers, with a further 21 speakers installed throughout the car to provide an immersive acoustics experience for all passengers.