Nov 28, 2016

By Christine Ross

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Ontario roads could soon look like a scene out of ‘The Jetsons’, the 1960’s TV cartoon that depicted driverless cars. Ontario is the first Canadian province to launch a pilot project to test the self-driving cars on public roads. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca made the announcement Monday saying the project gives Ontario the opportunity to be a world leader in this type of technology. Del Duca says there are three partners to test cars on the road including the University of Waterloo, auto manufacturer the Erwin Hymer Group and Q-N-X, a software subsidiary of BlackBerry. Under the pilot project, a driver must remain in the driver’s seat at all times and monitor its operation and must follow the rules of the road.The automated cars have sensors that are connected to the internet and will use radar to detect road conditions and obstacles. The technology allows a safe distance between vehicles without any actions from the driver. The pilot project will run for 10 years. Speaking to the media, Del Duca said “Frankly, there’s excitement in every corner of the province about the fact that we are not only embracing this technology, but in the Canadian context we’re leading on it.”

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