BlackBerry’s QNX Sound Revolutionises Audio for Automakers

In the software-defined vehicle age, audio becomes a new playing field for innovation and differentiation, said John Wall, SVP & Head of QNX, BlackBerry

BlackBerry is on a mission to secure a connected future you can trust. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world, securing more than 500 million endpoints including over 235 million vehicles.  

BlackBerry leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint management, endpoint security, encryption, and embedded systems.

The company’s newest offering to the automotive industry is QNX Sound, an innovative development platform that decouples audio and acoustics software from the vehicle hardware to give audio designers and engineers complete creative freedom to deliver new and exciting in-vehicle sound experiences.  

“In the software-defined vehicle age, audio becomes a new playing field for innovation and differentiation,” said John Wall, Senior Vice President, and Head of QNX at BlackBerry. Wall has spent three decades working in software, and has been at BlackBerry since 2002. He is passionate about the technology he works on, ensuring innovative and intelligent results.

“QNX Sound is the ultimate digital audio platform for the automotive industry and the most comprehensive foundation available for innovation. Through it, we enable automakers to explore new business opportunities and exciting collaborations that will truly appeal to and excite the end user.” 

Revolutionising audio for the automotive industry

The new QNX Sound enables automakers to consolidate all audio and acoustic functions within the main software stack, including a complete out-of-the-box library of automotive acoustics functional modules for telephony, safety alerting, noise reduction, sound enhancement, media playback, and more.

“At Dirac, our passion is to unlock the untapped potential in every audio system, particularly in cars, where great sound is a vital part of the experience,” says Hendrik Hermann, Vice President Automotive at audio tech specialist Dirac.

Self-confessed petrolhead Hermann joined Dirac in 2022, having previously held roles at companies including Rideet, LG, and Harman.

“Working hand in hand with the team at BlackBerry QNX, we've integrated a fully scalable Dirac plug-in featuring all our technologies that seamlessly integrate with the QNX Sound platform. This collaboration empowers OEMs with easy access to our solutions, maximising fidelity and immersion, and offers the flexibility to continually enhance and refresh the in-car audio experience for listeners.” 

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