Self-driving Car Pilot Program – development of autonomous vehicle technology

Self-driving Car Pilot Program - development of autonomous vehicle technology

(Theme 1 – Transportation)

Organization: Ministry of Transportation (Ontario)

Timeline for Completion: 2016 – 2026 (ten years)


Ontario is supporting innovation in the transportation sector by launching the first automated vehicle (AV) pilot program in Canada, led by The University of Waterloo, the Erwin Hymer Group and BlackBerry QNX.

Automated vehicles are driverless or self-driving vehicles capable of detecting and navigating the surrounding environment, and have the potential to help improve road safety and fuel efficiency, as well as reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. The pilot brings together a range of expertise from the research, manufacturing and technology sectors to advance innovation and capability in Ontario’s AV sector.

. BlackBerry QNX, Ottawa, a Canadian global software development leader, which will test a 2017 Lincoln with automated features.

. The WATCar Project at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Automotive Research, which will monitor a Lincoln MKZ for performance and test it on-road at different levels of automation

•The Erwin Hymer Group, an international auto manufacturer active in the Kitchener-Waterloo tech and innovation corridor, which will test and monitor a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van at different levels of automation


1001 Farrar Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K2K 0B3
Tel: 613 591-0931

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Project entered on: November 28, 2016 at 5:56 pm

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