It’s a scene reminiscent of The Jetsons, but it will one day be a reality.
The Provincial government announcing Tuesday self driving cars will be tested in Ontario starting next year, but it will happen only with a human operator on board, just in case there are any issues.
The pilot project will allow companies to do their research and development here, to help bring automated vehicles to market.
Currently there are almost 100 companies and institutions involved in the connected vehicle and automated vehicle industry in Ontario, which will become the first province to test the technology in Canada.
“In the world of transportation, Ontario has the opportunity to show leadership on automated technology. Today, Ontario is making its claim in the global marketplace by taking the next steps in automated vehicle innovation. The automated vehicle pilot will ensure that the province’s roads remain safe without creating burdens that stifle investment and innovation in Ontario’s dynamic business environment.” -Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.
“Ontario is a global leader in developing and manufacturing the next generation of vehicles. This new pilot program will build on our success, and help Ontario lead the development of automated and connected car technologies. In this highly competitive global economy, investing in people’s talents and skills to create the next generation of innovative technologies is good for business, and can help lead to the easier movement of goods and services across the province.” – Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure