BlackBerry and Amazon team up on vehicle data and software platform

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Canada’s BlackBerry and e-commerce titan Amazon have developed a cloud-based software platform intended to help automakers and providers standardize vehicle data and accelerate installation of new revenue-generating features and solutions, the companies have said.

BlackBerry and Amazon Web Services (AWS) said the new intelligent vehicle data platform, known as IVY, will compress the opportunity to construct, deploy and monetize in-vehicle applications and related services across multiple brands and models, making it easier for automakers to collaborate with a broader pool of developers to accelerate development of apps and services.

Carmakers have been unwilling so far to share with outside technology providers much of the information generated by their own vehicles.

IVY is intended to match and run concurrently with new digital vehicle architectures developed by Volkswagen, General Motors and many others.

The platform is developed on BlackBerry’s QNX, a vehicle operating platform in 175 million vehicles globally, based on John Wall, head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions.

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1 goal of BlackBerry and AWS is to establish IVY as a standard system across the automobile industry, as Apple and Google have done in cellular phones through their iOS and Android platforms.

With no standardization, Wall said, automakers “can’t really establish an ecosystem” or leverage the broader community of app programmers.

IVY is expected to be set up on the first production vehicles in model year 2023, said AWS executive Sarah Cooper.

BlackBerry and Amazon failed to say which firms will be the first to use IVY.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit. Editing by David Goodman.

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