OTTAWA – The City of Ottawa will become the first Canadian city to test autonomous vehicles on active, public streets.
An announcement was made Thursday at the Kanata North Technology Park with Blackberry QNX, where thousands of people lined the sidewalks to watch a closed-street demonstration of one of their driverless car models in action.
Looping up and down the street, the car stopped at a crosswalk on its own, using technology that communicates with street lights, so the vehicle knows when and where to stop.
This announcement is bringing a big boost to Ottawa’s already thriving west end tech sector.
There are already over 70 companies city-wide in the autonomous vehicle ecosystem, and more than half of those are located in the Kanata North Technology Park. The nearby streets are being used as part of the test course.
City officials and the VP of Blackberry QNX said they want Ottawa to become a leader in this type of technology.