Ontario opens up to autonomous cars

Canada’s Ontario province will soon become a test ground for testing autonomous cars. Three manufacturers have already expressed their willingness to check out their modern technology.

Many countries are opening up autonomous cars by allowing them to test these technologies in their area.

The Canadian province of Ontario, in January of this year, also gave green light to the designers of such cars, but none of them was interested in the offer so far.

The situation has changed, however, as three groups have decided to test their latest solutions there. A pilot project on the streets of the cities located in the province will feature prototypes of cars coming from the University of Waterloo, the Erwin Hymer Group, and the Blackberry QNX.

Each of these groups has its own cars and they are Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van and Lincoln 2017 respectively.

The project will test vehicles at various stages of automation to be tested under different weather conditions and on different quality roads. All models will be equipped with state-of-the-art sensors, radar and sonar technology, which allow them to orient themselves in the field and provide engineers with accurate data on their performance.

While Canadian regulations require a person to be driving a standalone vehicle, there are no restrictions on where the cars can move.

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