Today, the transportation industry is at the precipice of monumental change and disruption – just as the mobile phone sector was in the mid 2000’s. Trust BlackBerry on this. We were there.
BlackBerry partners in Japan
Japan is a very important market to BlackBerry. We have a very strong heritage in the country with BlackBerry QNX and Certicom technologies, supported by our local engineers, sales, marketing and technical teams in Tokyo and Nagoya. Our enterprise solutions team is also based in Tokyo, supporting Japan’s government, banks, manufacturing, insurance and other industries with our expertise and secure software to help protect company data and enable flexible working.
On October 25th, we held our annual BlackBerry Tech Forum in Tokyo, which was attended by hundreds of customers, partners and media.
As it says in this article, Toyota prefers the term ‘automated’ car – viewing the car as a ‘partner’ for the human driver, rather than a replacement. They are also emphasizing autonomous driving for people who can’t drive on their own, such as the elderly or disabled. This is important for an ageing society such as Japan’s.
Across all sectors, Japan is looking at a broad range of initiatives where technology can assist its people. Here, we see a lot of synergy with our company’s vision from the very beginning, which is to build things that have an impact on society. The country is at the cutting edge of connected transportation, but like all other well-established car manufacturing markets, such as Germany and the USA – safety and security need to be at the forefront of design.
At BlackBerry, we believe that as all the attention shines on ‘self-driving’ cars the important ‘signal’ is hidden behind the ‘noise’ – that is, software is the driving force in the transition to next generation automotive architecture. As automobiles will become software-driven and software-defined – they need secure, safe and trusted in-vehicle software to support this market expansion. Who would you trust to secure YOUR car – and the people in it?
The road ahead for BlackBerry and its partners
The growth of autonomous and connected cars is forecast to rise quickly over the next 15 to 20 years – with a significant chunk of it coming from the Asia Pacific region, followed closely by North America and Europe.
While connected transportation is complex and will have unprecedented challenges, the opportunities are limitless. By combining and refining our technologies, expertise and lessons we’ve learned along the way, BlackBerry is doing everything it can to help the industry to drive new revenues while delivering safe, secure connected transportation for millions of people.
Until this is a reality, we’re not taking our foot off the accelerator and in Japan, we are particularly proud to play a role in helping the nation showcase its advanced transportation innovation and excellence to the world by the Summer 2020 Olympics!
BlackBerry will be at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 8 – 11, 2019.Come visit us at booth #7523 (LVCC North Hall) where our state-of-the-art automotive technologies and software will be on display.
About John Wall
Senior Vice-President at BlackBerry and head of QNX.
John is responsible for the planning, design, and development of QNX Software Systems (embedded software) and Certicom (cryptography applications).
John has been an integral member of the BlackBerry QNX team since 1993. He has held a variety of roles within the organization, including Vice President of Engineering and Services. He holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering, in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa.