Blackberry, Amazon Join Forces on Smart Car Cloud Platform

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  • On Tuesday, BlackBerry and Amazon announced an agreement to build a cloud computing platform that cars will connect to for services and insights centered on vehicle and usage details. 
  • Word of plans for an Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform dubbed “IVY” at Amazon Web Services synchronizing vehicles wirelessly prompted Canadian company stock to jump more than 50 percent to nearly nine dollars.
  • IVY is designed to be a cloud-connected software platform that could be used in real-time by any carmaker to analyze sensor data and provide valuable information to drivers.
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SAN FRANCISCO — On Tuesday, BlackBerry and Amazon announced an agreement to build a cloud computing platform that cars will connect to for services and insights centered on vehicle and usage details. 

Word of plans for an Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform dubbed “IVY” at Amazon Web Services synchronizing vehicles wirelessly prompted Canadian company stock to jump more than 50 percent to nearly nine dollars.

“BlackBerry and AWS share a common vision to provide automakers and developers with better insights so that they can deliver new services to consumers,” said John Chen, chief executive of BlackBerry, in a joint statement.

IVY is designed to be a cloud-connected software platform that could be used in real-time by any carmaker to analyze sensor data and provide valuable information to drivers.

Modern cars and trucks, usually with proprietary hardware and software involved, are built with thousands of parts from a range of manufacturers, the companies said.

The vision is for the platform to easily make sense of all the information for drivers while also acting as a platform for developers’ additional software or services.

In a note to investors, Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry said that carmakers have “almost zero software skills,” and IVY aims to be a secure, cost-effective portal for them to tap into cloud computing resources.

According to Amazon, the jointly powered program can work on car or truck systems but will be handled remotely from the cloud.

IVY spotting unsafe road hazards such as ice or heavy traffic and prompting drivers to take safety precautions were examples of future capabilities.

Electric vehicle drivers could share battery details with charging networks to reserve charging slots along routes, and parents could obtain sensor information about the driving of their teenagers, the companies said,

“AWS and BlackBerry are making it possible for any automaker to continuously reinvent the customer experience and transform vehicles from fixed pieces of technology into systems that can grow and adapt with a user’s needs and preferences,” said  AWS chief executive Andy Jassy.

Since being dethroned more than a decade ago by touchscreen phones fuelled by Apple or Android devices in the cell phone market, BlackBerry has switched gears to focus on software and services.

In a revolutionary 5G handset scheduled for release next year from Texas-based OnwardMobility, the BlackBerry keyboard will live on.

Image by Michaelpereira78. AFP contributed to this story.

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