Ontario will be making the bold move of putting self-driving vehicles on the roads in the near future.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca paid a visit to the University of Waterloo to test out one of three models being worked on by the school’s Centre for Automotive Research.
A pilot project is set to run for about 10 years and puts Ontario on the growing list of places that are or will be testing autonomous vehicles.
It was about a year ago that the province announced it would permit self-driving vehicles on Ontario roads for testing, on the condition that someone sit in the driver’s seat and be ready to take control should the need arise.
The three models the University will be working with are a Lincoln MKZ, being tagged as “Autonomoose”, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van from manufacturer Erwin Hymer Group and another Lincoln to be produced by BlackBerry software subsidiary, QNX.
Automakers continue to spend billions on the self-driving car with the goal of making highways safer based on research numbers which point to 90 per cent of all motor vehicle accidents being caused by driver error.
Autonomous cars can detect surroundings using a variety of techniques, including radar, GPS, odometry, and computer vision. Advanced computer and control systems interpret sensory information and create navigation paths to avoid obstacles and adhere to relevant signage.
— Steven Del Duca (@StevenDelDuca) November 28, 2016
— University Waterloo (@UWaterloo) November 28, 2016