Organization: QNX

Ford hires Blackberry engineers and opens Ottawa R&D centre

The Ford Motor Co, Dearborn MI, is hiring 400 engineers from Blackberry Ltd as part of a formal partnership struck last October to boost its expertise in automotive connectivity and mobility underpinning self-driving vehicles. The agreement will see the automaker establish a Research and Engineering Centre in Ottawa — home to Blackberry’s QNX division —…

Ottawa lays groundwork to establish autonomous vehicles cluster in western suburb

Ottawa’s high-tech cluster hopes to regain some of its former luster by leveraging the region’s deep technological expertise and surging interest from global players to carve out a niche in the rapidly evolving field of autonomous vehicles (AV). The emerging AV cluster in the Ottawa west suburb of Kanata received a major boost last month with an announcement by Blackberry Ltd – at an event attended by prime minister Justin Trudeau – that it was investing $100 million to refocus its Kanata-based QNX division towards AV and establish a Blackberry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre with an emphasis on industry and academic partnerships.