Transport Canada to fund connected and automated vehicle projects

To help Canadian jurisdictions prepare for the advent of connected and automated vehicles, Transport Canada has announced nearly $3M in funding under a new scheme – the Program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System.

The body will provide funding to support research, studies and technology demonstrations across Canada, with results used to help address some of the technical, policy and regulatory issues related to connected and automated vehicles. 

“Connected and automated vehicle technology has immense potential and will have a tremendous impact on our transportation system,” said Transport Minister Marc Garneau. 

“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.”

Among the schemes to receive funding are a City of Toronto pilot to deploy an automated transit shuttle on public roads, and a project by the Canadian Standards Association to develop guidelines and a standardisation roadmap for the safe deployment of connected and automated vehicles.

A Ministry of Transportation of Ontario project will support planning and capacity building for connected and automated vehicles in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and Waterloo corridor.

“This research will allow our communities to be better prepared for connected and automated vehicle technology and will ultimately provide us with many opportunities to make our roads safer, reduce congestion, and benefit our local economy,” said Adam Vaughan, MP for Spadina - Fort York.