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Monday, May 1, 2017

Car under bridge
Steven Waslander looks forward to his drives becoming a lot easier.

“Driving on highways and in cities is dull, time-consuming, and can be very stressful,” says Waslander, director of the Waterloo Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (WAVELab). “I would be just as happy gazing out the window while the car does the dirty work for me.”

The push toward driverless vehicles is happening in corporations, too. Here in Ontario, University of Waterloo researchers are collaborating with BlackBerry’s QNX division and companies including Renesas Electronics and Denso to advance autonomous driving research. That includes testing an autonomous vehicle nicknamed Autonomoose — with a safety driver behind the wheel, of course.

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