Black­Berry QNX self-driv­ing car hits the road in the first Cana­dian street test

The News (New Glasgow) - - CANADA -

OTTAWA – A Black­Berry QNXe­quipped self-driv­ing car hit the road in sub­ur­ban Ottawa 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.

The street was closed for the pub­lic demon­stra­tion, which at­tracted scores of peo­ple, but the car is even­tu­ally ex­pected to be op­er­at­ing on city streets amidst 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.

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