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Canada prepares for connected and automated vehicles

Transport Canada is providing $2.9M in funding under the program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System in order to help Canadian jurisdictions prepare for connected and automated vehicles.

Connected and automated vehicles will bring about significant transformation in Canada’s transportation system, its communities, and its economy.

They have the potential to improve road safety, reduce congestion, increase mobility, protect the environment, and generate new economic opportunities for middle-class Canadians.

The Government of Canada has said it welcomes innovation that will help to create Canada’s transportation system of tomorrow.

Transport Canada funding will support research, studies, and technology demonstrations across Canada. Results will help address technical, policy and regulatory issues related to connected and automated vehicles. Findings will be shared extensively to encourage further innovation across Canada.

In support of this program, the Honourable of Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced $25K in funding to the City of Saskatoon for their project to support capacity building on connected and automated vehicles.

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

“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,” he added.

“Creating a connected community is an essential foundation for a strong, resilient city that is prepared for the challenges of the modern world,” said Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon.

“Technology is changing transportation in dramatic and challenging ways, and cities across the world are at the forefront of navigating these changes. We are appreciative of the support of the federal government as we seek out the best ways of ensuring our transportation system will serve us well into the future,” he added.