Apple has reportedly hired Dan Dodge, formerly of BlackBerry-owned QNX, to work on Project Titan, the company's electric car project. As you may recall, Dan Dodge resigned from the BlackBerry subsidiary in December of 2015 stating "My decision to leave was my own," at the time. "I threw my own party, invited everybody from QNX that I've known over the last 35 years and we had a grand time".
Dan Dodge, the founder and former chief executive officer of QNX, the operating system developer that BlackBerry acquired in 2010, joined Apple earlier this year, the people said. He is part of a team headed by Bob Mansfield, who, since taking over leadership of the cars initiative -- dubbed Project Titan -- has heralded a shift in strategy, according to a person familiar with the plan.
When his departure was announced, BlackBerry noted "We're appreciative of Dan's 35 years of dedication to QNX and wish him all the best in his retirement." but now it is looking as though Dan Dodge simply wasn't ready for retirement. As reported by the Ottawa Citizen earlier this year, Apple is setting up shop across the street from QNX Software Systems so them getting Dan Dodge onboard is a huge win for whatever their plans are in the automotive space, no matter how you look at it.