AV Update - December 2013
From the Editors
The last few weeks have shown some real progress in the AV space in Canada. First, the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE) was launched. Then ITS Canada organized and hosted Canada's first AV Summit. Finally -- and for us, this is an exciting move -- the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) announced a pilot framework to test and evaluate autonomous vehicles in Ontario. More on the last two items below.
ITS Canada Hosts Summit Meeting on Autonomous Vehicles
ITS Canada organized and hosted Canada’s first summit meeting on autonomous vehicles (AVs). In a news release announcing the Summit, Michael De Santis, the Chair of ITS Canada, said “The required planning and preparation for the introduction of AVs at the end of this decade and into the 2020s will be a major challenge for Canadian governments, businesses and industries. The objective of the AV Summit is to take the first steps towards helping these stakeholders prepare and begin to plan for the introduction of AVs.”
Ontario Proposes Pilot Framework to Test and Evaluate Autonomous Vehicles
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing a pilot framework to safely test and evaluate autonomous vehicles under prescribed conditions before they become widely available to the public. This framework was developed after researching and reviewing what laws other jurisdictions have put in place. The details of the announcement are on the MTO website; additional details are available by scrolling the MTO web page to the link Autonomous Vehicle Summary of Proposal. This is a public consultation process and the deadline for comments is February 24, 2014.
Best In-Depth Article on AVs to Date?
The New Yorker published an article by Burkhard Bilger which is probably the best article to-date on the subject of AVs. If you read nothing else, please give yourself a few minutes to enjoy ‘Auto Correct’.
AV Pilot Projects - This is Just the Beginning
The two nations with the best road safety records in the world are keen to get to grips with AVs.
What have Robots to do with AVs?
If you think fully-automated vehicles are far fetched, the latest in the series of DARPA challenges is the
DARPA Robotic Challenge (DRC) in which robots will drive cars. This could be another form of AV and a great way of keeping existing vehicle stock safely on the roads.
There is an interesting Q&A with Chris Urmson on the Google AV at Robo Business.
Various Other News Items
Michigan gives the
green light to AV testing despite Google opposition.
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