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Catherine McKenna Announces Funding for Four Projects in Ottawa

On Wednesday,Environmental Minister Catherine McKenna announced funding for four projects in Ottawa for connected and automated vehicles. She also declared funding for research and development to reduce air emissions from rail transportation.

In the release, she stated that the City of Ottawa would be receiving $140k towards its Eco-Drive to connected vehicle pilot program. In the first phase, the Eco-Drive project upgraded a 6km stretch of road with 12 traffic signals that wirelessly communicated traffic signal timing to targeted delivery vehicles.

In the second phase, the project plans to expand to all traffic signals in the city as well as additional city vehicles making driving “safer, faster, and smarter.”

The second funding will be going to the Unmanned Systems Canada (USC). They will be receiving $50k to develop and manage a National Student Competition to create automated scale-model ground vehicles. The challenge that students will have to face will be to design and build working scale models of fully automated snow ploughs and street sweepers.

“I love it when students are doing very practical projects,” McKenna said.

The goal of the competition is to help develop highly skilled talent in the field of connected and automated vehicles across Canada.

“I’ve been doing ‘Across Canada’ climate tours and when I see students, and I meet students – whether they’re in their labs or having conversations with me – they care about the technologies of the future, about tackling climate change, and they don’t want to have discussions about it, they want to get on with it and they want to innovate.” She added She further stated, “This is going to be a really exciting opportunity, a great partnership, and I look forward to seeing some of the winners.”

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) would be receiving $25K towards it project‘Connected and Autonomous Vehicles; what consumers need to know.” This funding will help the CAA create a bilingual interactive online tool to educate Canadians about connected and automated vehicles. It’ll also feature information existing advanced driver automated systems like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assists, and automatic emergency brakes.

Mckenna had this to say. “I want to give a real shootout to the CAA because most times you think of the CAA as just about vehicles, but here it’s about looking at the new technologies in vehicles, and reducing emission.”

“They’re also focused on cycling; safer, better cycling.” She said

The final funding will be going to Carleton University. The funding is a $50k investment in its project to develop a model to predict how deploying connected and automated vehicles could affect regional infrastructure. “As we figure out what our cities, our communities to look like in the future, we have to be smart about it. We have to build resilient infrastructures, and we have to be interconnected and cycling connects with roads which connect with public transportation.” That’s the way good cities work she said. It’s also better for people who are trying to get back and forth to their homes, their schools, and their work.

According to this news report, the announcement came on Wednesday the 29th of August 2018.