IPhone maker ‘de­vel­ops car OS in Canada’


Ap­ple Inc has dozens of soft­ware en­gi­neers in Canada build­ing a car op­er­at­ing sys­tem, a rare move for a com­pany that of­ten houses re­search and de­vel­op­ment projects close to its Cu­per­tino, Cal­i­for­nia head­quar­ters, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

Many of the en­gi­neers work­ing in Canada were hired over the past year and about two dozen came from Black­Berry Ltd’s QNX, a lead­ing au­to­mo­tive soft­ware provider, the peo­ple said. They asked not to be iden­ti­fied dis­cussing de­tails of a se­cret project.

The en­gi­neers now work at an Ap­ple of­fice in the Ottawa sub­urb of Kanata, about a fiveminute walk from QNX, the peo­ple said.

Ap­ple tar­geted QNX em­ploy­ees be­cause of their ex­pe­ri­ence devel­op­ing fun­da­men­tal com­po­nents of op­er­at­ing sys­tems and power man­age­ment, a for­mer QNX ex­ec­u­tive said. An Ap­ple spokesman de­clined to comment.

The most no­table Ap­ple hire from QNX was its chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Dan Dodge. Since join­ing Ap­ple’s Project Ti­tan car ini­tia­tive early this year, he’s taken on a larger role over­see­ing the car op­er­at­ing sys­tem, split­ting his time be­tween Canada and Cal­i­for­nia, the peo­ple said. An­other no­table ad­di­tion is Der­rick Keefe, who left QNX last year af­ter more than a decade as a se­nior en­gi­neer, one of the peo­ple said.

The car op­er­at­ing sys­tem is the soft­ware core of a fu­ture Ap­ple car plat­form, in the same way iOS pow­ers the iPhone.

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