BlackBerry's smart software to power Ford's connected cars

If you thought BlackBerry's ambitions were limited to being a leading smartphone software enterprise, you'll be surprised.

BlackBerry has announced a partnership with the Ford Motor Company, thanks to which millions of vehicles will run BlackBerry's QNX security software.

Automotive giants across the world are now investing huge sums in developing connected cars with embedded smart technologies. Thanks to the partnership with Ford, BlackBerry will be able to demonstrate its security features as well as smart technologies to millions of car owners. A dedicated BlackBerry team will henceforth work with Ford to fine-tune BlackBerry's QNX Neutrino Operating System, Certicom security technology, QNX hypervisor and QNX audio processing software in Ford cars.

“The future of the automobile is all about embedded intelligence. I believe our expertise in secure embedded software makes us the preferred technology provider to put the smart in the car. Ford is an industry leader and the opportunity to contribute our world-class technology to their products is a privilege. Ford’s expanded application of our software and services illustrates the diverse and broad value we can bring to market,” said John Chen, CEO at BlackBerry.

As per a BlackBerry press release, the software integration will 'offer the most secure, trusted and reliable platform that can power every aspect of the connected car.' This isn't the first time that BlackBerry has treaded the connected cars space. Around 60 million connected cars around the word are powered by the company's QNX software and these include a large number of new and existing Ford cars.

The capability of the QNX operating system and its various features is such that as per a Bloomberg report, a number of its software engineers have recently been poached by Apple to set up a new unit for developing automotive operating systems in Canada. Apple is reportedly developing a driverless vehicle of its own but the company has not let a word out about the project so far. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has also been quite vocal in the past about Apple poaching their engineers for its secretive car project near Cupertino, California.

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