Province picks Stratford for self-driving vehicle hub
Teams from BlackBerry's QNX and the University of Waterloo helped develop an autonomous Lincoln MKZ unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (InvestStratford / Terry Manzo)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 12:14PM EDT
Stratford has been selected as a demonstration hub for driverless vehicles -- part of a provincial government plan to create an Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network.
Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson says the community is ideally suited for the project due to its municipal wide broadband network and reputation as an IT and automotive city.
The Liberal government announced $80 million in funding over five years in yesterday's budget to create sites across the province to develop and test vehicles capable of sensing and communicating with their environment and navigating without human input.
Technology will be developed at six centres across the province before the vehicles come to Stratford for testing.