BlackBerry has opened its Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC) in Canada, housed within the BlackBerry QNX facility in Ottawa, Ontario. Work at the facility will be focused on the development of production-ready software for next-generation vehicles.
The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario recently approved BlackBerry QNX to test autonomous vehicles on Ontario roads as part of a pilot program. One of the center’s first projects will be supporting this pilot as well as BlackBerry QNX’s work with the University of Waterloo, PolySync, and Renesas Electronics to build an autonomous concept vehicle.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented, “With the opening of its innovation center 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 center will create great middle-class jobs for Canadians and new opportunities for recent university graduates, and further position Canada as a global hub for innovation.”
January 10, 2017