Ontario and Michigan are completing North America’s first national, cross-border automated vehicle test drive through Southern Ontario and Michigan, promoting innovation in the auto sector and driving economic growth.
Minister of transportation Steven Del Duca and federal minister of innovation, science, and economic development Navdeep Bains were in Windsor to mark the milestone.
The test drive began in Detroit and will continue from Windsor to Sarnia before crossing back over the border. The drive will conclude in Traverse City, Michigan later today with the signing of a new agreement between Ontario and Michigan to continue collaboration in testing, developing and marketing automated and connected vehicle technology.
“Ontario is proud to be part of North America’s first national, cross border test drive in our Automated Vehicle Pilot Program,” said Ontario minister of transportation Steven Del Duca. “Today’s test drive is a great example of the continued collaboration and innovation between Ontario and Michigan. This new memorandum of understanding and our recent commitment of $80 million for an Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network signify the importance of a strong, cohesive partnership and continued investment in the development of AV/CV technologies and the mobility sector.”
Ontario’s Magna International and Michigan’s Continental Automotive North America provided the demonstration vehicles that have innovative features like traffic jam assist, lane keeping, and technology that measures driver fatigue, attention and engagement. Magna’s test drive vehicle is a 2015 Cadillac ATS and Continental’s test drive vehicle is a Chrysler 300.
Ontario is investing $80 million over five years for the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network to help maximize the economic potential of automated and connected vehicle technologies. The network will also help Ontario adapt its transportation systems and infrastructure and plan for the deployment of autonomous and connected vehicle technology.
Ontario currently has six participants in its automated vehicle pilot program: The University of Waterloo, The Erwin Hymer Group, QNX, Continental, X-Matik Inc. and Magna.
About 100 Ontario companies and organizations are involved in the automated and connected vehicle industry.