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Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre

Advancing technology innovation for connected and autonomous vehicles

The BlackBerry® QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC) was created to advance technology innovation for connected and autonomous vehicles, independently as well as in collaboration with private and public sector organizations and research institutes. Building on decades of experience and leadership in the automotive industry, the BlackBerry QNX centre fosters new ideas and transforms innovative concepts into reality through advanced engineering projects and demonstration vehicles tested on real roads.

The BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicles Innovation Centre (AVIC) was announced on December 19, 2016 by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The centre is located at the BlackBerry QNX headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Innovation Through Collaboration and Real-world Testing

Where Innovation is Born

BlackBerry QNX currently offers a flexible foundational technology platform to support the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles, anchored by its safety-certified and secure operating system (OS) and hypervisor. Connected cars will need state of the art communications (vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-cloud) and the most advanced security technologies to ensure they cannot be hacked. Already, millions of cars on the road are using BlackBerry security technology to authenticate and authorize vital communications.

Ultimately, BlackBerry QNX applies the learnings from the AVIC and leverages them to enable a path for auto makers and Tier 1 integrators from the research environment to ISO 26262 safety-certified production systems.

Key Milestones for the AVIC

December 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces launch of BlackBerry QNX AVIC

October 2017

1st time in Canada, an autonomous vehicle communicated with live city infrastructure on a public road

February 2019

The Government of Canada Invests $40 Million in BlackBerry QNX Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology

May 2019

BlackBerry QNX Collaborates in the Launch of Autonomous Vehicle Test Track

Autonomous Prototype Vehicle

The Lincoln MKZ is equipped with key autonomous driving sensors such as LiDAR, radar, cameras, global positioning systems (GPS), and inertial measurement units (IMU), and makes use of an advanced sensor input framework and middleware, as well as sophisticated sensor fusion and control algorithms. The QNX Platform for ADAS processes data generated from the sensors in real-time, and also records and plays back the data off-line for feature development and testing. 

QNX Platform for ADAS

The QNX Platform for ADAS provides a functionally safe software foundation that enables the above functions to deliver an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) for automated driving.

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