BlackBerry QNX unveils Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre
As we reported earlier today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen was joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at BlackBerry’s QNX facility in Ottawa, Ontario for the official opening of the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (or AVIC).
BlackBerry QNX plans to hire local software engineers who will work on creating software for autonomous vehicles (AVs), as well as both existing and new projects for connected and autonomous vehicles, in collaboration with both private and public companies.
Following the recent news that BlackBerry has received permission to test AVs on the streets of Ontario, AVIC personnel will work on that program as well as on the joint BlackBerry QNX/University of Waterloo/PolySync/Renesas Electronics project to build a prototype AV.
John Chen had this to say at today’s unveiling:
Autonomous vehicles require software that is extremely sophisticated and highly secure. Our innovation track record in mobile security and our demonstrated leadership in automotive software make us ideally suited to dominate the market for embedded intelligence in the cars of the future.
Canadian Premier Trudeau added:
With the opening of its innovation centre in Ottawa, BlackBerry is helping to establish our country as the global leader in software and security for connected car and autonomous vehicle development. This centre will create great middle-class jobs for Canadians, new opportunities for recent university graduates, and further position Canada as a global hub for innovation.
BlackBerry QNX has been producing and supplying software to the automotive industry for more than ten years, and is embedded into more than 60 million vehicles worldwide.
BlackBerry QNX will continue extending its platform expertise into ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist Systems), CVAV (Connected Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle) systems and secure Over the Air Software Update services.
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