General Motors of Canada embraces Ontario’s autonomous vehicle openness

Published: January 22, 2018

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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General Motors of Canada has praised Ontario’s adoption of autonomous vehicle technology and said the province’s position on advanced tech allows the carmaker to safely develop its driverless vehicles and solutions.

Steve Carlisle, CEO of General Motors Canada, was speaking at the launch of new software facility in Toronto. GM says the new centre currently has 300 employees and is Canada’s largest automotive innovation hub. By 2019, the company plans to boost the amount of employees to 700.

Additionally, the company announced plans to create a mobility campus in Toronto to accompany research centres already open in Oshawa, Kapuskasing and Kitchener-Waterloo.

“Our team here in Markham has worked on what we call Super Cruise, which is an automated driving technology we have in our Cadillac CT6s today,” Carlisle said.

Solutions developed by GM in Canada have already been implemented into in-vehicle infotainment systems. The company also plans to start an autonomous vehicle pilot program during 2019. Ontario became the first province in Canada to accept driverless vehicles on its public roads, and since several pilots have started.

He said the Markham team is already involved in the next generation of infotainment systems, which are finding their way into the products on the road, and a driverless car pilot project that GM wants to run in 2019.

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) launched “the first automated vehicle (AV) pilot program in Canada” in November, 2016. The program is being led by BlackBerry QNX, the Erwin Hymer, and the University of Waterloo.

The program will “advance innovation and capability in Ontario’s AV sector,” the MTO explained in a statement.

Among the participants in the program is the WATCar Project at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Automotive Research. The team will test the Lincoln MKZ on the road and at various levels of automation.