As part of the deal, BlackBerry agreed to dedicate a team to work with Ford on expanding the use of its QNX Neutrino Operating System, Certicom security technology, QNX hypervisor and QNX audio processing software.
BlackBerry said no engineers from its QNX division were part of the latest transfer. The Canadian firm’s QNX software powers over 60 million vehicles, including the SYNC 3 Infotainment system in Ford’s existing models.
The announcement comes the same day the Government of Canada announced support to Ford to create and maintain about 800 jobs for Canadian workers.
At an event with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ford announced it will establish a new research and development centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The company plans to build further locations in Waterloo and Oakville.
The facilities will focus on connectivity research and development across infotainment, in-vehicle modems, gateway modules, driver-assist features, and self-driving cars.
Ford Motor Company of Canada president and CEO Mark Buzzell said: “This investment demonstrates how Ford is transforming to be both an auto and mobility company.”
Last month, the company said it will invest $1bn into Argo’s artificial intelligence (AI) project over the next five years.
The collaboration with the AI company is anticipated to help increase the reliability of its self-driving cars over the next few years through the creation of a ‘virtual driver system’.
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