Blackberry is now a self-driving car company


Although Blackberry was known as the king of smartphones, it’s QNX division has been working on automotive software for over 20 years. Now, after it’s short-lived stint as king of the business smartphone, the Canadian company now wants to fall back to it’s roots in the automotive industry.

Previously Blackberry announced it’s intentions of becoming a self-driving car company followed by numerous testing of autonomous vehicles on public Canada roads. According to reports, the company is ready to commit $75 million over the next few years on an autonomous automotive facility in Ottawa.

This might be just the right industry for Blackberry, its automotive software runs in over 60 million cars, and Canada has intensified  AI work within its borders, giving more than $200 million this year to continue academic research.

The company will now focus on AI that can assist a driver on the road and building “connected cars” that communicate with other vehicles and surrounding infrastructure to drive more safely.

BlackBerry is a line of wireless handheld devices and services designed and marketed by BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM). Blackberry was considered one of the major smartphone vendors in the world, specializing in secure communications and mobile productivity. The name, BlackBerry, was chosen due to the resemblance of the keyboard’s buttons to that of the drupelets that compose the blackberry fruit. The company is now adding more efforts on automotive

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