The federal government has just published two guidelines for automated vehicle testing: Canada's Safety Framework for Automated and Connected Vehicles, and Safety Assessment for Automated Driving Systems in Canada.
These two new documents released by Transport Canada will help industry accelerate the safe introduction of automated and connected vehicles on Canadian roads.
To coincide with the release of these documents, the Government of Canada has also launched a new automated and connected vehicle section on Transport Canada's website. The new site provides information about these vehicles, their technologies, and the benefits for Canadians.
"The release of the Safety Framework and Safety Assessment is a positive step in the development of autonomous vehicle technologies for Canada on a North American basis given the nature of the integrated automotive industry," said Mark Nantais, President of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association. "We support a national framework that promotes innovation while maintaining the safety of Canadian roads and passengers."
These new reports complement the work outlined in two other recently published documents:
- Automated and Connected Vehicles Policy Framework for Canada was released in January 2019, by the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety. The report examines shared objectives to promote and invest in these technologies.
- Testing Highly Automated Vehicles in Canada: Guidelines for Trial Organizations was released in June 2018 by Transport Canada. The report sets a consistent baseline of safety practices for automated vehicle testing.
"The field of automated and connected vehicle technology is rapidly evolving, so much so that traditional regulatory mechanisms are no longer appropriate – necessitating greater collaboration between industry and governments to ensure that Canadians remain both safe and informed about the technologies rapidly being deployed in new vehicles," said David C. Adams, President and CEO of the Global Automakers of Canada. "Federal leadership is essential in this effort and the Global Automakers of Canada appreciates the synergistic work that has been undertaken with Transport Canada to develop "Canada's Safety Framework for Automated and Connected Vehicles" and "Safety Assessment for Automated Driving Systems in Canada."