BlackBerry and AWS have been working relentlessly on our joint BlackBerry IVY™ intelligent vehicle data platform initiative over the past months and we want to share an update on the progress we’ve made and some of the upcoming milestones.
In line with our product roadmap timeline, BlackBerry has released an Early Access Version of the platform to select ecosystem partners. This initial release will form the basis of a product demonstration on automotive-grade hardware at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2022 trade show in Las Vegas in January, where several partner solutions based on BlackBerry IVY will be showcased.
Earlier this fall, BlackBerry also released a product demonstration of solutions powered by BlackBerry IVY, focusing on electrification use cases. This demo has been shown to several automotive customers and partners, and our team has received a lot of positive feedback that will help to continue evolving our roadmap and platform strategy.
Our Early Access Release marks another milestone in the ongoing development of BlackBerry IVY and its ecosystem of partners. Since the initial announcement in December 2020, BlackBerry has launched several initiatives to develop a valuable ecosystem of partners and a myriad of new, exciting AI-powered solutions using the data insights of BlackBerry IVY. Such initiatives include:
- The launch of the BlackBerry IVY™ Innovation Fund to invest in start-ups that leverage BlackBerry IVY platform insights.
- The launch of the BlackBerry IVY Advisory Council comprised of leading companies from across the transportation and mobility industries that will help shape and advise the BlackBerry IVY development community and the vertical-specific services and automotive applications that will be brought to market using BlackBerry IVY.
- Participating partners include established automotive solution providers such as AWS, HERE Technologies, Cerence, Geico, and TELUS Communications, as well as start-up innovators Electra Vehicles, for EV battery management, CarIQ, for secure vehicle-based payments, and Ridecell for fleet management.
During the past year, significant engagements have occurred with automakers, Tier 1 suppliers and ecosystem partners. Feedback received from these engagements has been very positive and extremely informative for the continuing development of the BlackBerry IVY roadmap. Potential customers and partners continue to value the unique benefits of BlackBerry IVY. They appreciate how BlackBerry IVY shortens and de-risks the path to innovate and bring to market new data-driven vehicle solutions, as well as the flexibility of BlackBerry IVY to work across multiple hardware platforms, operating systems and cloud providers. Furthermore, they recognize the financial benefits offered by BlackBerry IVY, including the ability to turn large middleware software R&D CAPEX into variable OPEX, as well as the connectivity and infrastructure operational savings obtained by running machine learning analytics directly in vehicle edge computing environments.
We have several exciting events coming up in Las Vegas to continue to showcase the progress of BlackBerry IVY. We also will host seminars focused on BlackBerry IVY, targeting developers attending AWS’ flagship re:Invent conference Nov. 29 – Dec. 3 in Las Vegas. To kick off 2022, we will demonstrate solutions powered by BlackBerry IVY in both the BlackBerry and Amazon booths at CES in Las Vegas. We hope to see many of you there and show you how BlackBerry IVY can help accelerate the path to intelligent mobility!