QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre
December 19, 2016
Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry was joined by Canadian
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to unveil the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous
Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC). Housed within the BlackBerry QNX
facility in Ottawa, Ontario, the centre will accelerate the realization
of connected and self-driving vehicles by developing production-ready
software independently and in collaboration with partners in the private
and public sector.
As part of this initiative, BlackBerry QNX plans to recruit and hire
local software engineers to work on ongoing and emerging engineering
projects for connected and autonomous cars. 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 centre'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.
"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."
QNX has been supplying mission-critical embedded software to the
automotive industry for over ten years and can be found in more than 60
million vehicles today. Millions of telematics-equipped cars on the road
are using BlackBerry's Certicom security technology for communication
authentication and authorization. Already a leading supplier of software
for infotainment, acoustics, telematics and digital instrument clusters,
BlackBerry QNX is 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.
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.