BlackBerry is putting together a new Advisory Council to help bring innovative smart mobility products to the market. The Advisory Council will specifically guide the development of the BlackBerry IVY platform, a new Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform that will provide customers with solutions that make better use of the data generated through connected cars.
Council membership is only available with an invitation from BlackBerry. Founding members include Cerence, HERE Technologies, TELUS, GEICO, and Amazon Web Services, though BlackBerry is planning to add more members in the months ahead and is soliciting inquiries from those interested in joining. Members will be able to participate in joint marketing activities, and will have early access to BlackBerry IVY developer tools and products.
In return, the Advisory Council will try to identify problems that could be solved with a new smart mobility application. In doing so, it will steer development towards areas that will have the greatest impact, and generate products that will eliminate pain points and improve the on-road experience for end users.
BlackBerry is hoping that the Advisory Council will kickstart the IVY marketplace and encourage co-development amongst council members. The member companies will represent different aspects of the transportation and mobility industry, who will collectively be able to come up with meaningful new use cases for smart mobility technology.
“Innovation in transportation and mobility is advancing at dizzying speeds across many data-driven solution domains,” said BlackBerry Corporate Development SVP and IoT COO Vito Giallorenzo. “BlackBerry IVY is a scalable and cost-effective partner to help companies across the entire ecosystem unlock revenue and capture the growth opportunity.”
“We look forward to collaborating with like-minded companies looking to transform the future of mobility experiences for consumers worldwide,” added Cerence CTO Prateek Kathpal.
In March, BlackBerry integrated AWS GovCloud into its own cloud infrastructure to provide better support for derived credentials. Cerence, meanwhile, is best known as a developer of conversational voice technology, and recently partnered with Pioneer in an effort to create better smart car services.