Ontario and Michigan Launch Canada’s First Cross-Border Automated Vehicle Test Drive

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Province and Michigan Testing New Technologies to Drive Innovation in Auto Sector

Ontario and Michigan are completing North America’s first national, cross-border automated vehicle test drive through Southern Ontario and Michigan, promoting innovation in the auto sector and driving economic growth.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, were in Windsor this morning to mark the milestone.

The test drive began in Detroit and will continue from Windsor to Sarnia before crossing back over the border. The drive will conclude in Traverse City, Michigan later today with the signing of a new agreement between Ontario and Michigan to continue collaboration in testing, developing and marketing automated and connected vehicle technology.

Ontario’s Magna International and Michigan’s Continental Automotive North America provided the demonstration vehicles that have innovative features like traffic jam assist, lane keeping, and technology that measures driver fatigue, attention and engagement.

Supporting connected and automated vehicle development to promote economic growth and innovation is part of our plan to to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.