Apple is said to be working on a car operating system in BlackBerry’s backyard.
According to Bloomberg, Apple has set up shop in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, which is about a five-minute walk from QNX, a subsidiary of BlackBerry that provides the operating system used in more than 60 million cars.
Apple has reportedly made a number of key hires over the past several months, including several executives from QNX. Bloomberg cites Apple’s hiring of Dan Dodge, former QNX chief executive officer, and Derrick Keefe, a senior engineer at the same company, as key acquisitions.
Bloomberg says the car operating system will be key to Project Titan.
The car operating system is the software core of a future Apple car platform, in the same way iOS powers the iPhone. A separate Apple team is developing software that would guide future self-driving cars and run on the operating system, one of the people said.
The fate of Apple’s Project Titan is still in flux as the company figures out which direction it wants to go. Apple was rumored to build a car but a recent rumor claimed it would only create the software.
Bloomberg says Bob Mansfield has given the teams within Project Titan a deadline of next fall to prove what they can do. The company will make a decision of where to go after that.