Subaru becomes first manufacturer to ship vehicles with DENSO’s ‘Harmony Core’ industry-first digital cockpit technology powered by BlackBerry QNX
DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Ltd have announced the launch of their integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) digital cockpit system with BlackBerry QNX technology. This technology, named DENSO ‘Harmony Core,’ has been shipped in the first vehicles by Japanese automotive manufacturer Subaru. It will be available first in the US from autumn 2019 in the all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy and Outback.
DENSO Harmony Core uses BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor (virtualisation) technology to enable integrated control of in-vehicle HMI systems. This technology was first revealed at CES in 2018, and blends advanced software and human interaction, creating a seamless automotive user experience as data-driven connected vehicles become reality.
Vehicles at present times are equipped with multiple HMI systems, which require several device-specific operating systems to work in unison, noted the company. Operating systems are independently controlled by multiple microcontrollers, making it impossible to unite and coordinate them to display content and sound in a uniform way. The BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor technology enables the independence of several operating systems with different characteristics and controls the integration with one microcomputer, it explained.
Atsushi Hayashida, Director, Head, Cockpit Systems Business Unit, DENSO, said the company is pleased to launch the first integrated HMI platform in the world with BlackBerry and SUBARU. The value of cars is about to change significantly with the rapid development of technology for self-driving and electric vehicles, he added. “By collaborating with other companies and research institutes, refining the technology and accelerating product and service delivery to help manufacturers deliver next generation vehicles, DENSO is creating new value for the global Smart Mobility society,” Hayashida added.
Software is the driving force in next-generation automotive design, noted John Wall, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, BlackBerry. He said that as cars become more data-driven and automated, they demand functional, secure and trusted in-vehicle software. BlackBerry is excited to bring the world’s first integrated digital cockpit platforms to market with DENSO in SUBARU’s latest vehicles, helping manufacturers to take advantage of a significant industry trend.
Tatsuya Okuno, Vice-President and Chief General Manager, Engineering DIV.1, Subaru, observed that the company is synonymous with innovation, quality and building trusted vehicles that customers can rely on. This is a world-first in new automotive digital experience that seamlessly combines the cluster, head unit, infotainment system, and entertainment screens with the class-leading safety Subaru is known for, he said.