Researchers from Waterloo Engineering shared the spotlight yesterday as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne officially announced Stratford as the home of a testing zone for the development of self-driving vehicles.
Wynne spoke with Professor Krzysztof Czarnecki and eight student researchers who were on hand with two highly automated cars – the Autonomoose and a similar Lincoln MKZ sedan that is being developed with Renasas Electronics – to show off the technology.
Two cars that are being developed by Waterloo Engineering researchers were on display at the announcement of Stratford as a testing zone for autonomous vehicles.
The selection of Stratford as a testing zone is part of a five-year, $80-million commitment by the province to establish the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) to advance research and development in the field.
“AV technology is advancing at an incredible pace,” Wynne said in a media release. “By drawing from our province’s tremendous pool of talent, we are bringing together academia and industry to develop the next generation of transportation technology – right here in Ontario.”