Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced an investment of CAD$40 million in BlackBerry QNX, a business unit of BlackBerry Limited, to develop safe and secure software systems for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles.
The Government of Canada believes that the vehicles of tomorrow are bound not only to be autonomous, but also connected to one another making self-parking, automatic braking, driverless transport a reality. This has prompted the Government to make bold investments to establish Canada as a global leader in cybersecurity and automotive software for connected and autonomous vehicles.
The company will create more than 800 new middle class jobs in Canada over the next ten years, and maintain nearly 300 more. They will also provide new skills development and learning opportunities to help train Canadians for the jobs of tomorrow and keep Canada competitive in today’s global economy.
With this funding, BlackBerry QNX will develop new automated control systems, upgrade and secure communications in vehicles, and improve vehicle safety and security by expanding its advanced driver-assistance system. BlackBerry QNX will also develop and use concept cars as labs for technology and software development.
The Government of Canada will continue to invest in new automotive technologies that make vehicles safer and more secure, and position the country as the place where cars of the future are designed and built.
“The race for a top spot in the new economy has already begun, and if we want to see Canadians take the lead, we need to have their backs. That is why our government is investing $40 million in BlackBerry QNX to design and develop a new software platform for the cars of today and tomorrow,” said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
“BlackBerry is trusted by automakers and Tier 1s around the world to protect hardware, software, applications, and end-to-end systems from cyberattacks. Thanks to the Canadian government’s commitment we’re now in an even stronger position to deliver on the demand for BlackBerry’s safe and secure QNX software. Together we will spur innovation, create great jobs, educate the workforce of tomorrow, and solidify Canada as a world leader in automotive technology,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.