The Canadian government for the development of self-driving car technologies in Kanata is giving $40 million federal money to BlackBerry.
According to media reports the federal money will come from the Strategic Innovation Fund, and will go toward software development and skills training for workers. In addition, $300 million will be invested by the company itself.
BlackBerry is known for its QNX software that claims to empower leading OEMs to build secure, scalable, and trusted software solutions that enables the future of connected and autonomous cars. BlackBerry QNX offers a broad portfolio of software solutions for the future of the automotive industry – cluster, Infotainment, connectivity, in-car network security, type-1 hypervisor supporting multiple ECU integration into domain controllers, ADAS, and acoustics. QNX is already in tens of millions of cars, according to the company.
According to some reports this initiative will create 800 jobs over the next decade at BlackBerry’s campus in the Ottawa as well as support 300 existing jobs there.