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On the road to automated vehicles
June 15, 2017

BlackBerry may be best known for their mobile phones, but a recent Senate fact-finding mission to its QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre in Kanata showed the company has other strengths.

On June 5, 2017, members of the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications interviewed QNX staff about the opportunities and challenges of getting automated vehicles on Canadian roads as part of the committee’s study on automated and connected cars.

Senators learned about how technology for these vehicles has widespread implications for privacy and cyber security.

QNX software can be found in a multitude of systems that we come across every day while surfing the web, watching TV, or using our radio or in-car entertainment networks. Engineers are deploying new software in custom-made cars to see if they can safely handle the demand of Canada’s roads.

The committee has been studying the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles. This study will also consider the long-term implications and challenges of these technologies, such as their impacts on privacy, energy, land use, transportation demand, training and employment.

The committee intends to release a report by December 31, 2017.

From right, committee chair Senator Dennis Dawson, Senator Patricia Bovey and Senator Terry Mercer get a firsthand look at QNX software in the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre in Kanata.


Members of the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications meet with QNX staff, Sheridan Ethier, John Wall, Grant Courville, Victor Marques and Eric Smith to inspect a connected vehicle on Monday, June 5, 2017.