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Driverless Cars to Hit the Road in Ontario Early Next Year

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Self-driving vehicles can detect the surrounding environment using artificial intelligence, sensors, and GPS coordinates.

Three groups developing self-driving cars will begin road testing in Ontario, Canada, early next year.

Credit: Jared Wickerham/AP

The University of Waterloo's Center for Automotive Research in Canada will begin testing an autonomous vehicle, a Lincoln MKZ hybrid sedan nicknamed the Autonomoose, on Ontario's public roads early next year.

The province also has approved road testing for two more groups developing self-driving cars. The road tests will give the groups the opportunity to evaluate how the vehicles operate under various weather and road conditions, speeds, and degrees of automation.

Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca on Monday said an ecosystem needs to be developed to align Wi-Fi and other infrastructure with communications systems in vehicles.

A year ago, Ontario announced a 10-year project that provided the opportunity for it "to be a world leader in automated technology." At that time, officials said nearly 100 companies and institutions were involved in research and development for the connected vehicle and automated vehicle industry in the province.

"The ability to take this research work to the next level while safely testing on all kinds of roads in Ontario represents a significant leap forward in this field," says University of Waterloo lead researcher Krzysztof Czarnecki.

From The Toronto Star
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