AWS and Blackberry Partner on Intelligent Data Platform

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and BlackBerry Limited have announced an agreement to develop and market BlackBerry’s Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform, IVY.

BlackBerry IVY is a scalable, cloud-connected software platform that has been designed to allow automakers to provide a consistent and secure way to read vehicle sensor data, normalise it, and create actionable insights from that data both locally in the vehicle and in the cloud. Automakers can use this information to create responsive in-vehicle services.

The companies say that BlackBerry IVY addresses a critical data access, collection, and management problem in the automotive industry. Modern cars and trucks are built with thousands of parts from different suppliers, with each vehicle model comprising a unique set of proprietary hardware and software components. These components produce data in unique and specialised formats, and the skills required to interact with this data, as well as the challenges of accessing it from within contained vehicle subsystems, limit developers’ abilities to innovate quickly and bring new solutions to market.

BlackBerry IVY will, the companies claim, solve these challenges by applying machine learning to that data to generate predictive insights, making it possible for automakers to take action based on those insights.

The system will support multiple vehicle operating systems and will run inside a vehicle’s embedded systems but be managed and configured remotely.

It will enable automakers to deliver new features, functionality, and performance to customers over the lifetime of their cloud-connected vehicles, as well as unlock new revenue streams and business models built on vehicle data.

An example of this capability is that drivers of electric vehicles could choose to share their car’s battery information with third-party charging networks to proactively reserve a charging connector and tailor charging time according to the driver’s current location and travel plans.

In addition, the companies say BlackBerry IVY will make it easier for automakers to deliver improved vehicle performance, reduced costs for maintenance and repairs, and added convenience. By analysing real-time performance data, automakers could recognise the first signs of potentially faulty parts, deploy code to identify affected vehicles, notify impacted drivers, and perform targeted recalls.

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Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (December 2020 / January 2021).

29 December 2020

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