BlackBerry, Qualcomm seek to power future smart cars

The two companies are expanding a long-standing relationship to combine BlackBerry's software with Qualcomm's wireless tech.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been moving the company away from smartphones. 

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Forget phones, BlackBerry wants to be in your next car. 

The security software company, which previously made smartphones, said Thursday that it's working with Qualcomm to develop platforms for the next generation of connected vehicles. The companies plan to combine BlackBerry's QNX platform, which previously powered the BlackBerry 10 mobile software for its phones, with Qualcomm modems and wireless tech. 

Some of the BlackBerry tech includes telematics and virtual cockpit controllers, which suggests work with commercial vehicles such as delivery trucks. 

The announcement is an extension of a relationship between the two companies that spans over a decade.