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BlackBerry Creates Innovation Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec 19, 2016) - Underscoring the company's commitment to continuous innovation, John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry Limited (BBRY)(BB.TO), was joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today 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...


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