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Jan. 7, 2020—BlackBerry Limited has announced it has teamed up with Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) to demonstrate a connected vehicle software platform for in-vehicle applications that combines the safety and security of BlackBerry's QNX real-time operating system with AWS' Internet of Things (IoT) Services in the cloud and in the car. The platform enables automotive manufacturers to securely access data from vehicle sensors, and create software applications and machine-learning models for connected, electric, and autonomous vehicles.

With the AWS-powered BlackBerry platform, automotive OEMs can expedite their vision of continuously and quickly bringing innovative connected vehicle services to market, ranging from cockpit personalization, vehicle acoustic conditioning, vehicle health monitoring, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features. Car companies can also leverage this platform for their new software-centric electric car and autonomous platforms, enabling essential functions such as continuous EV battery life monitoring and prediction, and managing vehicle sub-systems to holistically control warranty costs, providing important security updates and seamless updates of vehicle software features to delight their customers, and drive monetization of vehicle data while exercising control over data access.

The AWS-powered BlackBerry platform combines the two companies' edge and cloud technologies into an edge-to-cloud offering for the global automotive industry. QNX software allows automotive OEMs to develop and run a common software platform across in-vehicle systems such as gateways, TCUs, engine controllers, digital cockpits and emerging domain controllers, while AWS capabilities enable automotive software developers to securely and easily access data from vehicle sensors, build software applications and machine learning (ML) models using vehicle data, and deploy them inside the vehicle to enable in-vehicle inference and actions.

The platform will integrate the BlackBerry QNX operating system and over-the-air software update services, with AWS IoT cloud services for secure connectivity and telematics, Amazon SageMaker for developing ML models, and AWS IoT edge services for in-vehicle ML inference.

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