Saskatoon, Transport Canada, supporting connected and automated vehicles project

Schulich School of Engineering researcher Omid Ebadi says automated vehicles — even a few of them — will influence traffic with their good behaviour.  University of Texas at Austin graphic.

 $25K going to City of Saskatoon for project to support capacity building on connected and automated vehicles

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, according to a Government of Canada press release.

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.

“Creating a connected community is an essential foundation for a strong, resilient city that is prepared for the challenges of the modern world. Technology is changing transportation in dramatic and challenging ways, and cities across the world are at the forefront of navigating these changes,” said Charlie Clark, mayor of Saskatoon.

“We are appreciative of the support of the federal government as we seek out the best ways of ensuring our transportation system will serve us well into the future.”

Connected and automated vehicles use technology, such as on-board sensors, cameras, global positioning systems, and telecommunications to provide warnings and assist with driving.

“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,” said Marc Garneau, minister of transport.

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.

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.

Garneau announced $25K in funding to the City of Saskatoon for their project to support capacity building on connected and automated vehicles.

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