|24 December 2016|


Blackberry has unveiled its QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC) in Ontario.

The company’s Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen, was joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this week for the opening of the new hub, which will help advance the development of connected and self-driving vehicles by creating production-ready software independently and in collaboration with partners in the private and public sector.

“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.”

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.”