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