Canadians can expect to see autonomous vehicles on their roads soon as a U.S. invasion of self-driving vehicles gears up. Magna International and Continental Automotive North American have announced a cross-border autonomous vehicle test drive which takes place today.
The test is the first of its kind and will see self-driving vehicles cross the Canadian-United States border.
Magna sent out a press release that states the drive will be completed by two vehicles, starting in Detroit and moving through Windsor to Sarnia. Then, the cars will make a return journey back to the U.S., finally stopping at Traverse City in Northern Michigan. Continental and Magna have provided one vehicle each.
“With operations in both Ontario and Michigan, Magna can clearly see the benefits of cross-border collaboration as we have on this project,” said Tom Toma, Global Product Manager, Magna Electronics. “And with our commitment to innovation and ongoing work in helping define the future mobility landscape, our involvement is a natural fit and we are pleased to join with our partners in this hands-free road trip.”
The route offers an eclectic mix of driving conditions that will allow developers to test the technology. For example, researchers will assess how the systems work underground/water while moving through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
Ontario and Michigan will close the test by signing a collaborative agreement to develop and test autonomous and connected vehicle technology.