Oct 12, 2017
By Michael Kramer
It was billed as the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada.
Inside the grey Lincoln MKZ were Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, councillor Marianne Wilkinson and John Wall, general manager of BlackBerry QNX – which opened an autonomous vehicle innovation centre last year in suburban Ottawa.
The demonstration was aided by traffic lights equipped with transmitters that communicate with the car – as well as repainted street lines and new LED street lights – installed on the test loop around the suburban technology park.
The street was closed for the public demonstration, which attracted scores of curious people – but the vehicle is eventually expected to be operating on city streets – amidst traffic and pedestrians.
BlackBerry has been a supplier of software platforms to the auto industry for 20 years – including telematics, infotainment, acoustics, and instrument cluster systems.