BlackBerry's track record for mobile security and leadership in automotive software makes moving into autonomous driving research a natural fit, the company's chief executive John Chen said Monday at the opening of a new research centre in Kanata, Ont. "Autonomous vehicles require software that is extremely sophisticated and highly secure," Chen said. "Our innovation track record in mobile security and our demonstrated leadership in automotive software make us ideally suited to dominate the market for embedded intelligence in the cars of the future." Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the launch of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC) by the Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone pioneer. "With the opening of its innovation centre in Ottawa, BlackBerry is helping to establish our country as the global leader in software and security for connected car and autonomous vehicle development," Trudeau said.
The car manufacturing industry is undergoing a huge transformation after having been free of significant disruptions for about 100 years, since the first mass-manufactured car was marketed by Ford Corp. in 1903. The first change is the replacement of the internal combustion engine, the workhorse that has powered cars since the early twentieth century, with an electric engine. A continuous increase in the production and purchase of electric vehicles is to be expected over coming years, a 2017 report by Israel's Innovation Authority published on Monday said. Get The Start-Up Israel's Daily Start-Up by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up The second change is the autonomous vehicle revolution, which will push the world to transfer the driving of cars from humans to machines and bring a "dawn of a new transportation age," the report said. Most car manufacturers have set the early 2020s as the target for entering the market with cars that will drive autonomously 90-95 percent of the time.
Public self-driving vehicle tests are becoming more and more commonplace, and the latest to launch in the US just hit the roads in Las Vegas. French driverless electric vehicle manufacture Navya just announced that its autonomous electric shuttle is now taking passengers through Las Vegas' Fremont East entertainment district from today through January 20th. Navya and the city of Las Vegas say this is the first autonomous electric shuttle to hit a US street, though Uber is already providing public transportation with autonomous cars in Pittsburgh. The pilot got off the ground thanks to a partnership between Navya, which built the autonomous Arma shuttle, and Keolis, a self-described "global leader in operating public transportation systems" -- along with the city of Las Vegas' cooperation, of course. According to the Las Vegas Sun, each vehicle can hold up to a dozen passengers, will take riders for free and will operate at a max speed of 12MPH, even though they're certified safe up to 27MPH.
Nearly 21 million self-driving vehicles will populate roads around the world by 2035, according to a new projection from IHS Automotive. The U.S. is expected to lead the way in autonomous vehicle adoption, even as it continues to grapple with regulatory challenges and consumer concerns. Starting with several thousand autonomous vehicles in 2020, the U.S. see 4.5 million vehicles on the road by 2035, IHS says. Meanwhile, IHS predicts that around 5.7 million vehicles with some level of autonomy will be sold in China by 2035. In Western Europe, where industry leaders could maintain their market status through the premium segment, just over 3 million autonomous vehicles are projected to be sold.