Oct 12, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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