BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ: BBRY) said on Wednesday that the company planed to build new software for autonomous car, joining the competition with big companies like Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA)
The company introduced a new technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s called vehicle-to-vehicle communications, which allow one car to avoid hitting other cars when they suddenly had to brake and deal with different situation. It just likes the cars communicating with each other.
The new technology is based on BlackBerry’s exiting operating system QNX, which is one of the first commercially successful microkernel operating systems and is used in a variety of devices including cars and mobile phones. The company wants to make QNX as a central platform for the third parties to build their own self-driving cars features.
“QNX has the unique advantage of being a leader in automotive operating system software,” John Wall, head of QNX software systems, said in the release.
The company said that there were already more than 40 automakers using QNX software, including Ford Motor Co. Ford had announced some plans for its self-driving car and there was a rumor that Ford may cooperate with Google to develop the driverless cars.
BlackBerry used to be famous for its hardware business, but after Apple and Samsung dominated the smartphone market, the company turned to explore the higher-margin mobile-management software business. The company said it would launch its autonomous-driving technology in the second quarter of 2016.