Connected Car News: BlackBerry, onsemi, DisplayRide & JumpRydz

In connected car news are BlackBerry, onsemi, DisplayRide and JumpRydz.

Frost & Sullivan Recognize BlackBerry

Frost & Sullivan has analyzed the edge-to-cloud connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) industry and, based on its assessment results, recognized BlackBerry with the 2022 North America Enabling Technology Leadership Award. The company is a provider and developer of Internet of Things (IoT), intelligent security software and services, and enterprise mobility solutions. With its edge-to-cloud solutions, it has leveraged its deep automotive software, mobile communications, and cybersecurity knowledge to push its innovations into the automotive market. BlackBerry designs industry-leading technology that automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1s use to provide edge-to-cloud capabilities. Application of its technology includes consumer vehicles, but eventually, BlackBerry envisions its utilization in smart cities and other IoT end-point solutions. The company secures over 500 million endpoints and its software is embedded in over 215 million vehicles.

BlackBerry’s flexible and seamless technology and close industry relationships position it as a partner of choice in the edge-to-cloud solutions space. BlackBerry has a multi-year agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to co-develop BlackBerry IVY™, a secure and scalable platform embedded in the vehicle and controlled from the cloud, that enables OEMs and solution partners to generate insights from vehicle sensor data. IVY operates on and is compatible with most embedded operating systems (OS), including BlackBerry’s QNX® Neutrino® Real-time OS, Automotive Grade Linux, and cloud platforms. IVY:

  • Enables OEMs to focus on the rapid development of value-added and innovative in-vehicle experiences, reduce development costs, and accelerate services time-to-market.
  • Enables OEMs and ecosystem partners to develop and remotely deploy software, algorithms, and machine learning from the platform’s cloud console seamlessly to vehicle hardware providing optimal local edge computing capabilities and performance directly in the vehicle.
  • Gives OEMs complete control and ownership of their data for added security, safety and privacy.
  • Provides access to BlackBerry’s IVY partner developer ecosystem for trusted and personalized CAV experiences.
  • Lowers operating costs and de-risks research and development investment for OEMs.
  • Allows OEMs access to a platform that is easily scalable to other vehicle architectures.

Elizabeth Whynott, a Best Practices Research analyst for Frost & Sullivan, stated, “BlackBerry IVY enables OEMs and ecosystem partners to deploy synthetic vehicle sensors that collect raw vehicle signal data, abstracts and normalizes it, then uses ML models and algorithms to provide actionable insights, operating on the edge. The insights can be stacked and sent to the digital cockpit or to the cloud for the most accurate vehicle data and access to multiple in-car systems, such as estimated mileage and charge, and subscription and payment services.”

onsemi SiC Facility in Hudson NH

onsemi (Nasdaq: ON), a leader in intelligent power and sensing technologies, celebrated the inauguration of its silicon carbide (SiC) facility in Hudson, New Hampshire with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Signifying the importance of this event and manufacturing of semiconductors in the U.S. were the attendance of multiple guests of honor led by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. Also present were U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire, Representative Chris Pappas from the 1st congressional district of New Hampshire and Representative Annie Kuster from the 2nd congressional district of New Hampshire as well as other local governmental dignitaries.

The site will increase the company’s SiC boule production capacity by five times year-over-year and almost quadruple the number of its employees in Hudson by the end of 2022. The expansion gives onsemi full control of its silicon carbide manufacturing supply chain, starting with the sourcing of silicon carbide powder and graphite raw material to the delivery of fully packaged SiC devices. This allows onsemi to provide its customers with the assurance of supply required to meet rapidly growing demand for SiC-based solutions. SiC is critical for enabling efficiency in electric vehicles (EVs), EV charging, and energy infrastructure and is an important contributor on the path to decarbonization. The SiC total addressable market is projected to grow from $2B in 2021 to $6.5B in 2026, at a compound annual growth rate of 33%.

“In addition to market-leading efficiency of our products, our end-to-end vertically integrated solution in a supply-constrained environment is a compelling and differentiated competitive advantage,” said Simon Keeton, executive vice president and general manager Power Solutions Group at onsemi. “We have already expanded to a second building as we increased our substrate capacity and plan to continue ramping, allowing us to source our own cutting-edge SiC wafers for customer products.”

onsemi is the only large-scale supplier of both SiC and insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) solutions with end-to-end supply capability. During its second quarter earnings call last week, the company announced $4B of committed SiC revenue for the next three years through long-term supply agreements with a broad base of customers. It will triple last year’s silicon carbide revenue in 2022 and exceed $1 billion in revenue in 2023, further emphasizing onsemi’s progress toward SiC leadership.

The inauguration ceremony comes only days after President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law. The Act will strengthen supply chain resiliency and help avoid disruptions for critical components affecting every sector of the economy.

DisplayRide Partners with JumpRydz

DisplayRide Inc., an innovator focused on enhancing the rideshare experience, has partnered with JumpRydz, a family focused Rideshare company and a member of the Black Car Fund, providing reliable, safe and affordable transportation to unaccompanied minors for school, camp, and other destinations, as well as carpools for families throughout the greater NYC area. The DisplayRide Rideshare Monitoring Platform (RMP) is now being offered to JumpRydz drivers at an exclusive discount.

Using the DisplayRide Ridesharing Monitoring Platform, JumpRydz drivers & passengers alike can benefit from its many proactive safety features like automatic video/audio/telematics monitoring & recording, real-time cloud storage, emergency support including livestreaming, accident detection/notification and many others. JumpRydz drivers could also get better insurance rates and coverage.