Last week, BlackBerry Ltd. outlined their plans to develop self-driving car software, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Waterloo-based tech company plans to build self-driving car software using their QNX operating system which will be offered as a central platform to build features into, to other companies.

According to an article on, BlackBerry is already in many cars. The company's current software can already be found in more than 60 million vehicles worldwide, as it is used to power in-car navigation and entertainment systems in many vehicles, including those running Ford’s Sync infotainment system.

While the news is exciting, competition is stiff.

Google’s autonomous vehicles have driven more than 2 million miles to date, and Tesla is hard at work already selling vehicles that come pre-loaded with the ability to stay in a certain lane, without human guidance.

Apple’s work is more secret, but rumour has it that the computer giant is developing a self-driving electric car in Silicon Valley under the code name Project Titan.

And even Uber, the rideshare company is in on the game. Last year the company recruited more than 40 autonomous vehicle experts from the robotics program at Carnegie Mellon University, along with top car security researchers to work on development.

BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM), first developed a two-way paging device, the the [email protected] Pager 900 back in September, 1996.