Stellantis, the world’s third-largest automaker, announced a groundbreaking achievement in car development by leveraging Amazon’s computing power and BlackBerry technology.
Stellantis has introduced a “virtual cockpit” system capable of creating and testing new car controls and systems within a single day, a process that traditionally took months.
This innovation allows Stellantis to construct lifelike virtual versions of car controls and systems, replicating their behavior as if they were functioning in an actual vehicle. Remarkably, this can be achieved without necessitating changes to the core software, slashing development timelines to as little as 24 hours in some instances.
The partnership between Stellantis and Amazon, initiated in 2022, harnessed Amazon Web Services (AWS) to craft software-based products for Stellantis vehicles, facilitating regular over-the-air updates for improved functionalities.
“With BlackBerry’s QNX Hypervisor on AWS Marketplace, Stellantis can easily harness the power of the cloud to reimagine research and development processes, architect more insightful ways to solicit and integrate feedback, and deliver functions faster than before that delight drivers and further the industry,” Wendy Bauer, Vice President and General Manager, Automotive and Manufacturing, AWS, said.
Yves Bonnefont, Stellantis’ chief software officer, expressed the transformative impact of the virtual cockpit, stating, “With our virtual cockpit, we’re revolutionizing not just our approach, but also that of our suppliers and partners in the industry. We’re able to get closer to our customer’s needs through this technology with faster development cycles.”
Mattias Eriksson, President, BlackBerry IoT, said: “Working with Stellantis to launch the world’s first commercial hypervisor in the AWS cloud helps to reduce complexity, accelerate innovation and cut costs on in-car software development throughout the entire product lifecycle.”
This development comes amidst increased pressure on traditional automakers to expedite vehicle development cycles, primarily driven by the swift pace of new Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers, capable of introducing models in significantly reduced time frames.
Furthermore, Stellantis highlighted the role of BlackBerry’s tools in enabling a virtual platform that seamlessly mirrors systems operating in the cloud compared to actual hardware, illustrating minimal disparities.
Once focused on hardware and devices, BlackBerry has shifted its focus towards enterprise software and cybersecurity, becoming an integral part of Stellantis’ technological advancements.
Stellantis also emphasized the system’s ability to accelerate customer feedback on specific brands and vehicles, enabling real-time adjustments to optimize the driving experience for users. This enhancement promises a more agile and responsive approach to refining vehicle features based on direct user input.