Black­berry QNX self driv­ing car hits the road

Journal Pioneer - - LIVING ROOM - BY CRAIG WONG

OTTAWA — A Black­Berry QNX-equipped self-driv­ing car hit the road in sub­ur­ban Ottawa Thurs­day in what was billed as the first on-street test of an au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle in Canada. The grey Lin­coln MKZ pulled away with Ottawa Mayor Jim Wat­son, coun­cil­lor Mar­i­anne Wilkinson and John Wall, gen­eral man­ager of Black­Berry QNX, aboard. Black­Berry QNX opened an au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle in­no­va­tion cen­tre in Ottawa late last year.

“To­day is the first pub­lic fruits of what we’ve been do­ing,’’ Wall said.

The street was closed for the pub­lic demon­stra­tion, which at­tracted scores of peo­ple, but the car is ex­pected to be op­er­at­ing on city streets in the test area amidst real traf­fic and pedes­tri­ans.

To aid in the demon­stra­tion, the test loop around the sub­ur­ban tech­nol­ogy park has been up­graded with traf­fic lights equipped with trans­mit­ters that com­mu­ni­cate with the car as well as re­painted street lines and new LED street lights. Black­Berry QNX is de­vel­op­ing the soft­ware foun­da­tion for au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles, while Wall said oth­ers are work­ing on what he called “the brain.’’

“In a lot of cases, the OEMs want to own that, so the Fords of this world, the Mercedes of this world, that’s their se­cret sauce, they’re go­ing to build the brain,’’ he said.

“We’re go­ing to pro­vide all the in­fra­struc­ture, the se­cu­rity, the safety, the re­dun­dancy, the com­mu­ni­ca­tion, how the sig­nals come in.’’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.