ON­TARIO AND MICHIGAN LAUNCH CANADA’S FIRST CROSS-BOR­DER AU­TO­MATED VE­HI­CLE TEST DRIVE

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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 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’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.

Sup­port­ing con­nected and au­to­mated ve­hi­cle de­vel­op­ment to pro­mote eco­nomic growth and in­no­va­tion is part of the gov­ern­ment plan to cre­ate jobs, grow econ­omy and help peo­ple in their ev­ery­day lives.

QUICK FACTS

• 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. • On­tario and Michigan to­gether ac­count for 26 per cent of North Amer­i­can ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion. • In 2016, two-way au­to­mo­tive trade be­tween On­tario and Michigan to­talled $46 bil­lion.

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