BlackBerry Limited, a Canadian software company, introduced a new cybersecurity tool called Jarvis, a cloud-based static binary code aims to help automobile companies as it is able to predict and fix vulnerabilities by scanning in real-time all software components used in self-driving vehicles.

Jarvis is initially being promoted to automakers, a group of customers Blackberry is hoping will reinforce its turnaround effort, but could also have applications in healthcare, industrial automation, aerospace, and defense.

It is being offered on a pay-as-you-go basis by the company.

According to the company, once started, carmakers will have access to Jarvis online and can scan files at every step of software creation. This includes the ability to assess new software under consideration and the capability to evaluate existing software already in production. Once scanned, development teams have quick access to the results through user-friendly dashboards with specific warnings and advisories.

“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 cybercriminals,” BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen, said at North American International Automotive Show (NAIAS) on Monday.

The worldwide “ransomware” attack last 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.


The former smartphone maker said it had already made trials of Jarvis with carmaker Tata Motor’s Jaguar Land Rover unit, whose chief executive said Jarvis lessened the time needed to evaluate code.

“Jaguar Land Rover and BlackBerry share a common objective in bringing the most intelligent vehicles to reality,” Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, said.

“In our independent study, Jarvis delivered excellent efficiencies in time-to-market, significantly reducing the time security assess code from 30 days to seven minutes,” he added.

In September, BlackBerry said it would team up with auto supplier Delphi Automotive on a software operating system for autonomous vehicles.

Earlier this month, it signed a deal with Baidu, a Chinese internet search company, to jointly build a self-driving car technology.

It also recently made automotive-related deals with chipmaker Qualcomm, auto supplier Denso, and Ford Motor Co.

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