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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.


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November 11, 2017 by Canadian Plastics

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.