Announced in December 2020, Ivy is BlackBerry's bid to be as big a player in intelligent vehicle communications as it long was in vehicle infotainment systems. The platform collects and interprets data from dozens of sensors in a modern car and oversees the flow of information between vehicle, manufacturer and service providers.
The Canadian division of Tokyo-based global manufacturer THK says it will spend $27 million to expand a plant in Tillsonburg, Ont., and add automated machining and assembly centres. The project is expected to add 65 jobs in Tillsonburg and another 35 at a THK plant in St. Catharines, Ont. The company said the plants will supply steering and linkage components for upcoming projects at Toyota and Ford.
Ford of Canada will open a $95-million parts distribution centre near Ottawa as part of a plan to close a Toronto-area depot and transfer operations to eastern and western Ontario, according to a developer and the union representing workers at the current facility.
Canadian software specialist BlackBerry is joining forces with a U.S. firm in the race to turn cars into mobile "wallets" that will automatically pay parking fees and bridge tolls and even collect payments for ride-sharing and parcel delivery.
One analyst thinks QNX software will remain a top choice for automakers in need of a strong, secure platform for car operations — and one they maintain control over — even as they let Google move into infotainment with a consumer-friendly platform that might not be especially secure.