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New Transport Canada investments set to shape automated vehicle policy

Connected and automated vehicles will bring about significant transformation in our transportation system, our communities, and our economy. They have the potential to improve road safety, reduce congestion, increase mobility, protect the environment, and generate new economic opportunities for middle-class Canadians. Announced today, Transport Canada is providing $2.9M in funding under the program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System in order to help Canadian jurisdictions prepare for connected and automated vehicles.

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Driving in traffic with Tesla’s autopilot controlling distance from the lead car and centering the vehicle in the lane. Vehicle is a 2017 Model X 75D with dark interior. Photo by Ian Maddox via Wikimedia Commons.

In particular, Transport Canada funding will support research, studies, and technology demonstrations across Canada. Results will help address technical, policy and regulatory issues related to connected and automated vehicles. Findings will be shared extensively to encourage further innovation across Canada.

In support of this program, Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina - Fort York, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced over $1.3M in funding to the following groups in the Greater Toronto Area:

  • Canadian Standards Association – To develop guidelines and a standardization roadmap for the safe deployment of connected and automated vehicle technologies in Canada – ($499,999)
  • Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium – To study to the exploration of the integration of automated and electric transit shuttles in nine communities across Canada – ($144,540)
  • City of Toronto – To pilot the deployment of an automated transit shuttle on public roads – ($365,000)
  • Intelligent Transportation System Society of Canada – To update planning tools to help Canadian transportation professionals implement smart roadway infrastructure – ($111,025)
  • Ministry of Transportation of Ontario – To support planning and capacity building for connected and automated vehicles in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and Waterloo corridor – ($247,275)

“This research will allow our communities to be better prepared for connected and automated vehicle technology and will ultimately provide us with many opportunities to make our roads safer, reduce congestion, and benefit our local economy,” said Adam Vaughan, the Member of Parliament for Spadina - Fort York.

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  1. Bill Kumlin says

    I own a Tesla so I’m not against high tech vehicles. However, this being Canada, we get something called ‘snow’ at many unexpected times of the year. I’ve been driving on the Trans-Canada Highway in February on a sunny day. Up came a north wind which blew snow across it reducing visibility, cooled off the road freezing the snow to the road, caused cars to spin off into the ditch and the road to be closed – all in less than an hour. Or try Scott Lake Hill west of Calgary. Many storms come up unexpectedly – one just before Christmas 2016 put cars in the ditch and numerous crashes.

    Self driving cars cannot be ‘trained’ to respond to this kind of sudden change in road conditions based on how their cameras and sensors work to guide the vehicle on the open roadways. Hopefully this study will address this as we know Manitoba is not Texas or California.

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