TechTalk Xpeng P7 electric vehicle

Published on August 30th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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BlackBerry Provides Driving Intelligence To The Xpeng P7

The Xpeng P7 sedan is a sedan to watch in coming months as it is not only a Leading Level 3 Autonomous Electric Vehicle, but also one that will provide next level connectivity and entertainment in the cabin.

With the recent announcement of its technology partnership with BlackBerry, the Xpeng P7 will now carry an intelligent driving system that will rival or better what Tesla is using in its electric vehicles.

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PRESS RELEASE: BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) last week announced the IPU-03, an autonomous driving domain controller developed in conjunction with Desay SV Automotive, has been officially mass produced in the Xpeng P7, a super-long range, high-performance and fast-charging intelligent EV sports sedan from Xpeng Motors, one of China’s leading electric vehicle and technology companies. As the operating system for the IPU-03, QNX® OS for Safety powers the Xpeng P7’s intelligent driving system.

Xpeng P7 cockpit

Available in China, the Xpeng P7 is one of the world’s leading autonomous EVs and carries the Desay SV automatic driving domain control unit – the IPU-03. Through multi-sensor data collection, the IPU-03 calculates the vehicle’s driving status and provides 360-degreee omnidirectional perception with real time monitoring of the surrounding environment to make safe driving decisions.

Xpeng P7 sedan

“Desay SV Automotive has extensive experience in intelligent cockpits, smart driving and connected services. Augmented with the safety expertise of BlackBerry® QNX®, together we can address the diverse needs of an auto industry that is undergoing meaningful transformation,” said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. “To that end, it’s a real privilege to have BlackBerry technology powering the intelligent driving system within Xpeng Motors innovative new P7 system.”

Xpeng P7 rear seats

“We are excited to work with BlackBerry QNX who is known for its safety, security, and real-time capabilities,” said Li Huang, General Manager of Technology Center at Desay SV Automotive. “Our relationship with BlackBerry QNX allows both companies to improve our product advantages in the field of autonomous driving with a view to providing car manufacturers and users with safe, high-performance and smart mobility solutions.”

Xpeng P7 rear view
Xpeng P7 smart electric coupe

As the central processing unit for the vehicle’s autonomous driving function, the IPU-03 meets the automotive industry’s most stringent requirements. On the software side, QNX OS for Safety is an AUTOSAR-compliant real-time operating system (RTOS) containing safety components running on the MCU. On the hardware front, backup redundancy design methodology has been adopted. 

Xpeng P7 specifications

The IPU-03 fulfills ISO 26262 Functional Safety ASIL Level D and forms the backbone for Xpeng’s intelligent driving system. In addition, the NVIDIA Xavier platform has a computing capacity of up to 30 trillion operations per second (TOPS), making it capable of processing massive data input from the vehicle’s various sensors, including radars, cameras, lidar and ultrasonic systems, in real time and running algorithms such as perception, positioning, planning, and control without delay.

Xpeng P7 battery driving range

BlackBerry’s QNX OS for Safety is an operating system that embedded developers can use to build safety-critical systems. Based on BlackBerry’s advanced and secure QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, QNX OS for Safety has been certified to ISO 26262 ASIL D and IEC 61508 SIL3. With a pre-certified microkernel RTOS, automakers and embedded software developers in a wide variety of industries can accelerate their development and streamline certification efforts with a reduced scope.

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