The governments world over are working developing a congenial environment for the growth of advanced vehicles. Working in this direction the government of Ontario has announced an $80 million government investment for the development of the vehicles through the launch of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN).
The announcement was made at the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO). Premier Kathleen Wynne officially opened the AVIN Demonstration Zone. The province is partnering with Ontario Centres of Excellence in AVIN, which will bring together industry and academia to capitalize on the economic opportunities of connected and autonomous vehicles (C/AV), while developing the emerging technology and infrastructure.
In addition to the Demonstration Zone, AVIN includes a:
- Research and Development Partnership Fund, to foster collaboration among automakers, technology leaders and Ontario-based small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and commercialize C/AV technologies. Collaborations may also involve post secondary institutions and municipalities
- Talent Development Program, to support internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates with Ontario companies advancing C/AV technologies
- Central Hub, a new online destination and specialized team to act as a focal point to conduct research, share information, build connections and raise awareness among industry, research institutions and other interested C/AV stakeholders.
Ontario is uniquely positioned to lead in C/AV technologies and to attract related investments and jobs. The province is North America’s top vehicle-producing jurisdiction, and second only to California for information and communications technology companies.
More than 150 Ontario companies and organizations are active in the province’s C/AV industry, employing almost 10,000 people. The province has plans to increase the number of postsecondary students graduating in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines by 25 per cent over the next five years, to 50,000 per year. This will give Ontario the highest number per capita of postsecondary STEM graduates in North America.