You have to hand it to BlackBerry (BBRY)  CEO John Chen -- he has done one heck of a job bringing the former smartphone giant back to life.

Shares of BlackBerry have skyrocketed about 66% so far this year as turnaround specialist Chen and his hand-picked team have pivoted BlackBerry toward a play on several key trends. One is providing technology for connected and autonomous cars. In fact, the company scored a nice win last week by having the technology behind Canada's first on-road autonomous vehicle (a Lincoln MKZ if you must know). The other is developing a suite of products levered to cyber-security. BlackBerry is providing software and services to banks and to other institutions likely fearful of being hacked. 

Chen told TheStreet BlackBerry's transformation is largely complete, and more of a push into the connected life lays ahead. 

Don't miss these top stories on TheStreet:

More from Stocks

Biotech's Coming Back to Life: Cramer's 'Off the Charts'

Biotech's Coming Back to Life: Cramer's 'Off the Charts'

Video: Here's How Goldman Sachs May Change Under David Solomon

Video: Here's How Goldman Sachs May Change Under David Solomon

J&J Vows to Fight Verdict Linking Baby Powder to Ovarian Cancer

J&J Vows to Fight Verdict Linking Baby Powder to Ovarian Cancer

3 Reasons Why Netflix Bulls Are Getting Their Face Ripped Off After Earnings

3 Reasons Why Netflix Bulls Are Getting Their Face Ripped Off After Earnings

Markets Close Higher After Fed Chair Powell's Capitol Hill Testimony

Markets Close Higher After Fed Chair Powell's Capitol Hill Testimony