It's all about the flexibility, really. BlackBerry's approach means car makers can build features for self-driving cars on top of a common core, rather than spending years trying to build that core themselves. The framework BlackBerry has already made is surprisingly thoughtful too; the company has whipped up reference systems for "building multi-camera car vision systems" and applications that let cars communicate with each other. Self-driving cars are finally becoming a reality; Ford CEO Mark Fields said yesterday that mainstream models are about four years away. If BlackBerry's lucky, its new software could help it transition its business away from a mobile market that has battered the company so thoroughly.
Anyway. We're told that there are some demo cars lurking somewhere on the show floor that show off how these awareness and communications systems really work — stay tuned as we hunt them down and see BlackBerry's new stuff in action.