Jarvis will be offered to vehicle makers as a pay-as-you-go service, which they can use to alleviate some of the concerns over fleets of driverless cars zipping along public roads might make tantalising targets for hobby hackers and pro cyber crooks alike.
Canadian smartphone and software maker BlackBerry on Monday launched new software which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars.
Blackberry is marketing the software to automakers which shall power its turnaround effort, however, it can further have applications in healthcare and industrial automation.
Jarvis works by scanning all the software components in autonomous cars in real-time, sniffing out any vulnerabilities and prodding vehicle makers to fix them before they get pried open by hackers. Jaguar Land Rover was revealed as the first carmaker to try out the new software, saying that Jarvis had helped reduce the time needed to access their car's code from 30 days to seven minutes.
Blackberry will offer Jarvis on a pay-as-you-go basis. The same process would normally involve software developers manually scanning through large numbers of files at a much slower rate, the company said.
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Once a auto company signs up for Jarvis, it can be customized for their own needs across their entire software supply chain, letting vehicle companies scan files for problems at all stages of development.
The worldwide "ransomware" attack previous year, which is known as WannaCry, helped increase awareness of BlackBerry's security software business that has been widely focused on managing secure connections to mobile devices. Automakers like Jaguar Land Rover have already begun using Jarvis. Once scanned, development teams have quick access to the results through user-friendly dashboards with specific warnings and advisories.
While Blackberry might have retreated from smartphones, its QNX Unix-like real-time operating system has been a long-time market leader in the automotive sector.
The connected and the autonomous vehicles have some of the most complex software ever developed until now, which creates a significant challenge for the automakers to ensure that the lines of code comply with the industry and manufacturer-specific standards.