BlackBerry, once the leading smartphone maker, is now changing course and looking to be one of the leading companies which make software for autonomous self-driving cars. The Canadian company has announced that it will, later today, be launching an autonomous driving research centre. This will see BlackBerry competing in one way or another with the likes of Tesla Motors, Apple and Google.

The announcement can be viewed as the next logical step given how BlackBerry’s QNX Operating System (which will be showcased at CES 2017 runs in millions of cars globally including the likes of Ford, Porsche, Bentley and many more car brands.

BlackBerry QNX

Currently, BlackBerry’s QNX OS is described as mission-critical embedded software for automotive which runs a car’s infotainment system but also has features such as Telematics, Advanced Driver Assistance ( safety systems and automated driving technologies), Driver Information Systems (e.g. maintenance reminder) and more.

![BlackBerry QNX Features](/content/images/2016/12/Blackberry-qnx-features.png)
BlackBerry QNX Features

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau will apparently be in attendance at the launch Although BlackBerry has an advantage in this space given QNX OS for cars, they shouldn’t rest as the likes of Intel are looking for new areas of growth and one such area is having their chips run in autonomous cars while they possibly ship them with free or heavily discounted software. BlackBerry had previously presented the prototype of what QNX OS for autonomous vehicles software is capable of at CES 2016.

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