Connected Car

Dongfeng Motor selects BlackBerry’s PATEO Digital Cockpit for electric VOYAH model

Dongfeng will deploy new applications to enhance the in-vehicle experience.

Dongfeng Motor, one of China’s largest automakers, has selected a BlackBerry IVY-powered PATEO Digital Cockpit for the automaker’s next-generation, all-electric VOYAH H97 model, following the completion of a proof of concept (POC) project.

As a result of the agreement, Dongfeng will deploy new applications to enhance the in-vehicle experience for drivers and passengers.

Set to enter mass production in 2024, the premium BlackBerry IVY-enabled VOYAH H97 model will also incorporate Electra Vehicles, Inc.’s BlackBerry IVY-powered AI battery management solution – EVE-Ai™ – designed to provide real-time, personalized recommendations for EV battery management to improve EV range and lifetime.

With PATEO’s network of partners encompassing voice, entertainment, vehicle health monitoring and secure payments, the company plans to further deploy BlackBerry IVY to Chinese automakers.

“With this first design win for IVY, PATEO is proud to further cement our already strong working relationship with BlackBerry, whose global automotive software industry expertise is second to none, said Ken YING, Founder & Chairman of PATEO.  

“As a leading automotive intelligent connectivity company over the past 13 years, we have made significant R&D investments in many areas including the head unit, OS, apps, cloud, AI and mapping technologies with a view to further entrenching our ability to meet the vast demand for Chinese automakers to push the envelope of software-defined vehicles and continuously deliver engaging new features and capabilities for consumers.

With BlackBerry’s help we’re better positioned than ever before to achieve this vision and expect that this will be the first of many design wins as we look to build on our initial successes and develop deeper working relationships with automakers in China and around the world.”

Announced in 2020 as part of a multi-year, global agreement, BlackBerry IVY is a scalable, cloud-connected software platform co-developed with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS). Automakers can use BlackBerry IVY to help create in-vehicle services that respond to and enhance driver and passenger experiences.

The expanded relationship and continued traction within the Chinese automotive industry marks another milestone between the two companies who announced earlier this year that PATEO’s intelligent cockpit, PATEO CONNECT+, is powered by BlackBerry QNX technology and has been selected by five separate OEMs for deployment in ten individual models.

“We’re delighted to announce the first design win for BlackBerry IVY. It’s a pleasure to have one of China’s largest OEMs select BlackBerry IVY as they look to double down on the success of their premium all-electric model line-up, and to continue to strengthen our relationship with PATEO who have demonstrated that they are a strong candidate to address the vast potential of the Chinese market,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry.

“Chinese car buyers expect automakers to offer a vehicle that delivers innovative solutions and functionalities also after it’s left the dealer’s lot. With BlackBerry IVY, Dongfeng now has a powerful platform to do just that and which will help to create additional revenue streams by enabling the development and delivery process for new in-vehicle solutions and services, ensuring their customers continuously benefit from data-driven applications and use cases that surprise and delight over the lifetime of their cloud-connected vehicles.”