Ford Hires BlackBerry Employees to Work on Connected Cars

Ford Motor Co. is hiring 400 engineers from BlackBerry Ltd.’s mobility solutions unit to help develop internet-connected vehicles, giving a boost to the auto maker’s software development efforts as it races to keep up with traditional rivals and tech companies.

.. The hiring of BlackBerry’s engineers will double Ford’s mobile-connectivity team, the company said, helping the auto maker further build its computing expertise as it pivots to new ventures that rely more on vehicle connectivity.

.. Ford has already forged close ties with BlackBerry, announcing in 2014 it would use the smartphone maker’s QNX car software for its SYNC infotainment systems, instead of Microsoft Corp.