John Chen was joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the 19th to unveil the QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre.
Within the BlackBerry QNX facility in Ottawa, the centre will develop production-ready software independently (and in collaboration with partners) in the private and public sector for secure autonomous & connected vehicles. The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario recently approved BlackBerry's QNX to test autonomous vehicles on Ontario roads as part of a pilot program through the University of Waterloo.
"Autonomous vehicles require software that is extremely sophisticated and highly secure," said Chen. "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."
"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," said Trudeau. "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."
"Experts predict that 50 percent of all cars will connect to the cloud by 2020, and the wide range of 'connected things' could exceed 20 billion. In the coming hyper-connected world, cars will soon carry one of the highest concentrations of Internet of Things (IoT) edge nodes and sensors, generating a vast amount of valuable and actionable data. Anticipating this shift, BlackBerry is investing in key technologies and building a product portfolio that will provide the embedded intelligence that powers the core electronics of connected and autonomous cars." - MarketWired
Early results from the centre will be unveiled in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2017, showcasing the close collaboration with organizations from the private, public, and academic sectors.
If you're interested in learning more about AVIC, be sure to head to the QNX website. Otherwise, as always, drop us a comment with your thoughts or on how this centre can help BlackBerry's current position!