With a heritage dating back to the beginnings of “real-time” operating systems for industry, Ottawa-based QNX now finds itself in the technical nucleus of the vehicle’s transition to autonomous driving.
“We have the real-time robust operating system and safety certification to handle autonomous drive and active safety. That’s why we’re positioning QNX as the [software] platform for the car,” says John Wall, senior vice-president at QNX.
“Our view is that the less work the OEM or Tier One [supplier] has to do, the more they can add value on top of that.”
That kind of product expertise puts QNX squarely in the software tech race for fully autonomous driving.
It’s heady tech and Wall, an electrical engineer by training, couldn’t be happier. Especially since he got in on the ground floor with QNX back in 1992 in tech support.
Did he ever envision then, what he would be guiding now?
“I don’t know what I envisioned back then. All I knew was that I loved software and QNX was one of the best places for software.”