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BlackBerry signs deal with Ford to work on connected cars of the future

60 million cars are currently using BlackBerry’s QNX operating system for infotainment and 3D navigation. A platform so dominant in the connected cars segment that the Time magazine equated it to Windows for PCs. And now BlackBerry is looking to the future.

Ford and BlackBerry have entered into a new agreement where BlackBerry will dedicate a team of engineers to work with Ford on expanding the use of BlackBerry software and technology including the QNX Neutrino operating system and Certicom security technology in developing the next generation of connected cars.

The Future of Connected Cars 

BlackBerry has the opportunity to put itself at the centre of Ford’s plans for autonomous cars. The former may no longer be the leader in the cellphone market but it certainly has a golden opportunity to play a leading role in the future of the automotive sector, where security and safety are crucial.

“The future of the automobile is all about embedded intelligence. I believe our expertise in secure embedded software makes us the preferred technology provider to put the smart in the car” – John Chen, executive chairman and CEO at BlackBerry (MarketWired)


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Searching for the best global GIS database for your project? Check out the new ADC WorldMap v7.3.


Working on a global GIS or mapping project is a challenge on multiple levels but one of the first problems you will face is what spatial data should you use. When you need a seamless geographic data for the whole Earth of a proven quality and at a comfortable cost there is one dataset you should look at – ADC WorldMap.

This week American Digital Cartography, Inc. released their latest version of the ADC WorldMap Digital Atlas v7.3. The company has been improving and updating this dataset for the past 2 decades. It contains 43 detail layers and tables with cities, capitals, seas & bays, POIs, world coastlines, parks and protected areas among other. The latest release includes current country and first level political boundaries for the entire world and over 39,900 second level political boundaries in 137 countries.


So why would you choose it over other data sources like OpenStreetMap? When the scope of your project is a region or country and the crowd-sourced data quality (which is really great but not guaranteed) is good enough, the OSM might indeed be a good option for you. But once you move to continental or global scale analyzing, filtering and processing that sort of level or detail can simply kill your project. I did such an exercise for a single European country a couple of years ago and it took me two weeks… Doing it for the whole continent or world would take much longer than that.

With ADC WorldMap the American Digital Cartography has managed to create a geographic dataset that balances data integrity, availability in a key GIS formats, flexible customization and licensing options as well as the level of details that is just right for the global GIS project.

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