Apple reportedly hire’s BlackBerry’s ex-head of QNX, Dan Dodge

Apple has reportedly hired the former head of BlackBerry’s automotive software division, QNX. Dan Dodge, was the founder and former chief executive officer of QNX, the operating system that BlackBerry acquired in 2010.

Dodge co-founded QNX in 1980 as a student at the University of Waterloo in Canada. The company was sold to Harman International Industries in 2004 and subsequently acquired by BlackBerry in 2010.

QNX makes the entertainment, navigation and connected-device system used by Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Co. and others.

QNX also forms the backbone of BlackBerry’s own mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10.

Dodge left BlackBerry in September and stated at the time:

“My decision to leave was my own,”

“I threw my own party, invited everybody from QNX that I’ve known over the last 35 years and we had a grand time”.

Dodge is reportedly part of a team headed by Bob Mansfield, who, since taking over leadership of Apple’s cars initiative — dubbed Project Titan — has heralded a shift in strategy, according to a person familiar with the plan.

The initiative is now prioritizing the development of an autonomous driving system, though it’s not abandoning efforts to design its own vehicle. That leaves options open should the company eventually decide to partner with or acquire an established car maker, rather than build a car itself.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

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