Blackberry 'Jarvis' To Reveal Security Flaws In Self-Driving Cars

BlackBerry Launches Cyber Security Software Jarvis For Self Driving Cars

Blackberry busy making friends in automotive sector

The yesteryear star mobile manufacturer and software maker BlackBerry has launched a cybersecurity software system which will which help to identify the vulnerabilities in the programs used in the self-driving cars.

BlackBerry states that Jarvis is also applicable to other industry segments like healthcare, industrial automation, aerospace, and defence whom also have an immediate need for this product.

Canadian technology firm BlackBerry unveiled a new cybersecurity software product called Jarvis, which will initially be marketed to automakers, the company's chairman and chief executive John Chen said on Tuesday in a company statement.

Auto makers pay only for their usage of the tool and can scan binary files at every stage of software development.

Chen said Jarvis is in trials with a number of large automakers including Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which on Monday said it was expanding its research into automated and electric vehicle software development with a new development centre in Shannon, Ireland.

He added, "Jarvis is a game-changer for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) because for the first time, they have a complete, consistent, and near real-time view into the security posture of a vehicle's entire code base".

According to BlackBerry, "Jarvis scans and delivers deep actionable insights in minutes, what would otherwise involve manually scanning that will take large numbers of experts and an impractical amount of time".

That some confidence from Chen right there, but the company has got some big names in the world of cars on its roster, including Jaguar Land Rover which is now trialling Jarvis.

Besides, Jarvis ensures production software adheres to industry standards as set by the Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA), a body which sets down guidelines for software developed in automobiles.

BlackBerry said Jarvis will be offered on a pay-as-you-go basis and customized for the needs of the manufacturer. "In our independent study, Jarvis delivered excellent efficiencies in time-to-market, significantly reducing the time to security assess code from 30 days to seven minutes". The company picked up QNX in 2010, with the intention of using the OS as the foundation for the now discontinued Blackberry 10 operating system.

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