Apple Employs Former Blackberry Engineers To Develop Automotive Software

Posted: Oct 27 2016, 8:43am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 27 2016, 10:19pm CDT , in Cars & Vehicles


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Apple Employs Former Blackberry Engineers to Develop Automotive Software
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  • Apple employs former Blackberry engineers to develop a car iOS

Engineers working at Blackberry’s automotive software division QNX have been recruited in Canada.

Previously we heard Apple has put the development of its project Titan (self-driving car) on hold. But it does not mean Apple is not delving in to the auto industry.

Automotive News sources report that Apple is planning to develop an automotive operating system. Basically it will be an iOS but for cars. Apple plans to sell this operating system to other automakers.

The authenticity of the reports was solidified when Apple was found to have recruited engineers from Blackberry in Canada. More than two dozen engineers from BlackBerry Ltd.'s automotive division QNX, an automotive software provider, have been recruited by Apple.

The engineers at QNX already have a lot of experience developing vehicle operating systems, so it makes sense Apple poached them.

The engineers will work on developing the iOS up north in Canada at an unknown location. Some engineers are also rumored to be working at Apple's offices in Kanata, a suburb region in Ottawa, Ontario. The location is suspiciously at a distance of only a few minutes from the QNX headquarters.

This is not the first time Apple enticed engineers from QNX. Back in July Apple recruited QNX’s former CEO Dan Dodge to help Bob Mansfield.

Mansfield was rumored to be the head of the project Titan and Dodge was supposed to provide input on said project. The rumor mill also reports Apple has hired Derrick Keefe who was previously a senior engineer at QNX.

Keep in mind QNX already develops software which integrates programs like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the infotainment system of a car for many automakers.

So clearly the engineers at QNX are well acquainted with Apple’s existing software and if all goes to plan will have no problem developing the iOS.

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