Blackberry Jarvis seeks to protect driverless cars using a scanner which delivers insights in just minutes. Source: Shutterstock

Blackberry launches ‘Jarvis’, a cybersecurity product for driverless cars

CANADIAN software maker Blackberry has launched a cybersecurity software that aims to identify vulnerabilities in the programs used in self-driving cars.

Released Monday, the product – named Blackberry Jarvis – seeks to protect driverless cars using a scanner which delivers insights in just minutes. According to Blackberry, Jarvis is set to majorly cut down the amount of time and effort often involved in the process.

Since driverless cars come with a variety of features from cameras to sensors, this means there is an increased number of areas left vulnerable to attacks.

Many industry experts have already voiced strong concerns over the security of such vehicles.

“Connected and autonomous vehicles require some of the most complex software ever developed, creating a significant challenge for automakers who must ensure the code complies with industry and manufacturer-specific standards while simultaneously battle-hardening a very large and tempting attack surface for cyber-criminals,” said Blackberry CEO John Chen in a press release.

The software will first be marketed to automakers on a pay-as-you-go basis, an effort that is hoped will power the former smartphone marker’s ‘comeback’.

Blackberry’s new product will allow automakers to have online access where they can scan files at every stage of software development.

The software has already been tested with automaker Tata Motors‘ Jaguar Rover unit, whose chief executive reported a significant reduction in time needed to assess code – from 30 days to seven minutes, thanks to Jarvis.

Blackberry also recently announced a string of partnerships to develop autonomous-driving technology with its QNX software. This includes Chinese Internet search firm, Baidu, as well as Qualcomm Inc, Denso and Aptiv Plc.

According to the Daily Mail, investors and analysts will be keeping a keen eye on what comes of these partnerships amid expectations that QNX  may soon become a pivotal technology in the flourishing self-driving vehicle industry.