Autonomous vehicle research centre opens in Ontario
Auto industry representatives and academics researching autonomous vehicles will work together at the Stratford, Ont. centre to further develop and demonstrate the technology.
An autonomous vehicle demonstration and testing zone has opened in Stratford, Ont.
The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network allows researchers to test self-driving technology in real-life traffic scenarios.
According to the Ontario government, auto industry representatives and academics researching autonomous vehicles will work together at the centre to further develop the technology.
The centre – which will receive $80 million in provincial funding over the next five years – will also host a talent development program to give students an opportunity for internships and fellowships in the autonomous vehicle field.
The Ontario government announced in the 2017 budget that it would spend $80 million over five years on autonomous vehicle development.
The government says self-driving vehicles have the potential to improve road safety, reduce congestion and cut greenhouse gas emissions.