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BlackBerry Enters Driverless Car Market With New Software Developments

01/06/2016 05:02 EST | Updated 01/06/2017 05:12 EST
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BlackBerry's automotive division is lifting the hood on plans to build a slate of technologies for the rapidly evolving driverless car market.

The company's Ottawa-based QNX operations is showcasing prototypes of its new software this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Among the technologies is a program that allows two vehicles to interact with each other in order to prevent collisions and to smooth traffic congestion.

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Sandeep Chennakeshu, president of the technology solutions business unit for BlackBerry Ltd., speaks during an event at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (Getty Images)

It's just one of many new developments BlackBerry showcased as part of an effort to join the self-driving vehicles market alongside technology giants like Google and Apple.

BlackBerry's QNX has spent years developing various automotive technologies such as dashboard infotainment systems used by Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Hyundai and Volkswagen.

In its latest announcement, the company says it has also created a new software platform automakers can use as a base for building their own automated driving systems.