For Immediate Release
Transport Canada supports projects to prepare Canada for connected and automated vehicles
Groups in the Greater Toronto Area receive funding for research on connected and automated vehicles
August 10, 2018 Transport Canada
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.
The Government of Canada welcomes innovation that will help to create Canada’s transportation system of tomorrow. That is why 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.
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.”
Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina- Fort York
“Connected and automated vehicle technology has immense potential and will have a tremendous impact on our transportation system. This funding will help our stakeholders improve their understanding of connected and automated vehicle technologies, and how to safely and securely integrate them into our road system in order to capture their many benefits.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
- From September 28, 2017, to November 30, 2017, provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous peoples, academia, and not-for-profit organizations were eligible to submit proposals for grants and contributions through the program. All projects will be completed by March 31, 2022.
- Connected and automated vehicles use technology, such as on-board sensors, cameras, global positioning systems, and telecommunications to provide warnings and assist with driving.
- Many of today’s vehicles already feature partial automation, including speed control, and braking and steering assist. Transport Canada has for many years been assessing some of the components of automated vehicles and continues to assess their benefit to the overall safety of Canadians.
- Transport Canada is working with international governments through the United Nations to develop guidelines and regulatory requirements that facilitate innovation and aid in the safe deployment of automated features.
- Transport Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada are working in close collaboration and with other federal departments and provincial and territorial governments to develop a coherent national approach that will facilitate the safe introduction of these technologies on Canadian roads.
- Program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System
- Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative
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