Ford Motor Co. announced today that they are hiring 400 engineers from BlackBerry’s mobility solutions division. This move follows the deal made in 2016 between Ford and BlackBerry’s QNX. This continued partnership shows Ford trusts BlackBerry’s knowledge-base and expertise in software and mobility solutions.
These engineers will help Ford move forward in their development of internet connectivity for their vehicles. The motor vehicle market has become focused on software, manifested in the growing functions of the infotainment interface, technological breakthroughs in autonomous driving, and IoT device inter-connectivity.
These 400 engineers will help staff a new research center in Canada. The Ottawa Research and Engineering Center will focus on developing the technology and connectivity functions in vehicles from infotainment to autonomous driving. Ford is investing $375 million in establishing this center, staffed by the majority of these new hires. Other staff will work at existing locations in Canada and the United States. This growth more than doubles the size of Ford’s current mobility engineering team.