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Byton’s first production vehicles will feature technology from BlackBerry, including the Canadian company’s QNX SDP 7.0 real-time operating system and Hypervisor 2.0 software. BlackBerry was chosen as a supplier for its ability to partition and isolate safety-critical and non-critical systems, the firm notes.

Jeff Chung, VP for intelligent car experience at Byton, said in a statement: “Enabling the seamless integration of navigation, infotainment and critical driving functions is no small task, and when it comes to integrating critical and non-critical applications in a cluster environment, safety and security are our top priorities.” Chung describes the Byton Shared Experience Display, to feature in the upcoming range, as a “comprehensive communal lounge experience for in-car communication, entertainment and work.”

BlackBerry is also working in the automotive sector with firms including Baidu, Delphi, Denso, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Visteon and Jaguar Land Rover. John Wall, SVP and GM of BlackBerry QNX, added: “Following our recent announcement that QNX software is now embedded in more than 120 million cars, never before have we had the chance to embed our robust and secure software platform in as many gamechanging products.

“Byton has reimagined the infotainment and digital instrument cluster, and we look forward to working with them to achieve their vision of a better and more distinctive driving experience.”

Byton intends to start sales in China next year, and to launch in the USA and Europe in 2020. It unveiled a sedan concept called K-Byte [pictured], previewing its second car, just before the CES Asia show in Shanghai last month.

-Farah Alkhalisi