BlackBerry has opened an R&D center to speed up the creation of software for self-driving vehicles and connected communications technology that allows vehicles to talk to each other and to the roadway infrastructure around them.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the opening of the center today in BlackBerry’s QNX development facility in Ottawa.

As part of its autonomous car development push, BlackBerry’s QNX division plans to recruit and hire local software engineers to work on ongoing and emerging engineering projects.

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