Self-driving cars to be tested on Ontario roads

Ontario will be the first province in Canada to allow road tests of automated vehicles, according to Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca.

“For Ontario, the benefits of being part of automated vehicle innovation are clear,” said Del Duca in a speech at the University of Waterloo on Tuesday morning. “In order to compete, Ontario needs to be consistent with the approach of U.S. jursidictions.”

  • Katyn

    I’ve a friend and also a family member member who drive transport trucks and I tell them how much it is going to be automated and they just won’t believe me. The only thing that gives them pause is when I point to the phone in their hand or pocket and tell them to look how fast those things evolved in the last years. They didn’t exist 10 years ago and you’re telling me self driving trucks are impossible? They think about it then

    • People like Volvo are testing them, a Mercedes version I believe just drove on German roads a couple of weeks back.

      • Ron MacDonald

        They should have turned all the discontinued railway lines into trucking routes.

    • mauser 98

      truck driver friend refused to believe Obama let Mexican trucks into US
      .. until a trip to Laredo

    • Xavier

      I told a trucker the same thing and I thought he was going to hit me. Some people just can’t accept the truth.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I don’t believe they can engineer them to handle a prairie winter.

  • Ron MacDonald

    It will be a disaster in waiting thanks to all the transport trucks on the 400 series highways.

  • canminuteman

    Kind of related – I was driving by the auto plants in Oshawa today and saw that one of them is being torn down. That’s never coming back.

    • Yup a lot of demolition going on out there, I’d say the future is bleak, just like Toyota shipping the Corolla line to Mexico.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I wonder how many jobs could be saved if Ontario was able to cut their average cost for electricity from 34 cents to 8 cents like Manitoba’s?

        • Clausewitz

          When I lived in Thunder Bay we paid about 40% of the cost of electricity than the folks east and south of us. We got our power from Manitoba which meant we also were not effected by the big power outage that hit southern Ontario for about a week.

    • mauser 98

      TPP will import more cars, parts

  • tom_billesley

    Oh good. Now car bombs don’t need a suicide driver.

    • David Murrell

      Your point us well tsken.

  • Dana Garcia

    The bad news is that safety will actually worsen when self-driving cars start to share the roads with humans.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/10/when-humans-and-robots-share-the-roads/409876/

  • Hard Little Machine

    Will the robot cars for old people be white Buicks that go 30 mph under the the limit with the left blinker on all day?

    • David

      At what age do people start being old?

      • Bataviawillem

        The moment they start diving 30 kph under the speed limit.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          That’s when they should go to Carousel for Renewal.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Older than me.

        • David Murrell

          Younger thn me.

      • Clink9

        When the same people that voted in Turdo Senior will vote for Turdo Junior next week.

  • mauser 98

    next drivers banned then government will restrict travel

  • terrence

    I was getting my car serviced in Washington state a few months ago. I asked the guy who co-ordinated the service appointments what he thought about “driverless” cars.
    He LAUGHED OUT LOUD – and said that many of the cars he sees have built in GPSs, and that the BIGGEST, most frequent complaint he gets is about the GPS. They are very often WRONG, and can be extremely inconsistent; and sometimes just do NOT work,and can claim the destination does not exist.

    A few years ago I had three GPS’s. I put a start and end points into each of them, as well as Google Maps – I got DIFFERENT routes – FOUR different routes, and the difference between the shortest and the longest was 25%. These so-called ‘driverless” cars will be all but useless until the GPSs become MASSIVELY better than they are now.

    BTW, google has the area around its office GPS-ed down to the SQUARE INCH.

    • Alain

      I recall more than one person who had never been to our place and thought using their GPS would work. It did not. I received a call from a very wrong location asking me again for directions.

      • terrence

        It is all too common. But, I must say my car has some features that would be part of a “driverless” car. When it is in eco-cruise (used to be called “cruise control)” it will slow down on its own if the vehicle in front slows down. But it also says to not use eco-cruise on wet or snowy roads.

        Another thing it does is to parallel on its own. I have never used it and may never. The guy who sold it to me said, if I do use it, ALWAYS keep a foot just touching the brake pedal, and be ready to STOMP on it.

    • Bataviawillem

      Giff it a few years and they have the whole western world down to the square inch.

      • terrence

        A very LARGE number of years, and MASSIVE amounts of money.

        • Bataviawillem

          Google street view was only introduced 8 years ago and look at it now.

          • Xavier

            AI will fill in the GPS limitations.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      They won’t use GPSs exclusively.
      There will be on ground telemetry in the roads or close by.

      • terrence

        Which will take a very LARGE number of years, and MASSIVE amounts of money.

    • terrence

      Here is a quote from the weather Network about “driveless” cars:

      In February, Fortune.com spoke to Sam Abuelsamid about his experiences just with the current features on his 2015 Kia Sedona, during a snowy Michigan weekend:

      Sam Abuelsamid, a senior analyst for Navigant Research, a marketing intelligence firm based in Boulder, Colorado, has been driving and testing a 2015 Kia Sedona equipped with advanced autonomous driving systems. Starting on Saturday night, as heavy snow blanketed southeast Michigan, he noted how the weather was neutralizing some of the Sedona’s advanced technology features.
      He posted a picture of the frozen nose of the Sedona to his friends on Facebook, with this comment:
      “We’re a lot farther from general use self-driving cars than those in Silicon Valley would like you to believe. The radar sensor in the front and the rear camera are completely covered. While the snow was falling, I had to turn off the parking assist because the falling snow was triggering the ultrasonic sensors causing the system to beep continuously while there was nothing around the vehicle.”

      The whole article is at http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/how-will-driverless-cars-handle-canada-nasty-weather/58453/

  • ismiselemeas

    Driving jobs are going to be like horses 125 years ago. Here one day, gone the next. Same as pilots, crane operators, th

  • DD_Austin

    What will our thousands of new government imported jamaicans and pakis do?
    Back to welfare, drug dealing and jihad, I guess

    • Clausewitz

      The day you go out and can’t find a cab, or get a coffee because there are no convenience stores or 7/11’s open, that’s the day you have to get back home and break out the hunting rifles.

  • Xavier

    If this is an option – for instance, for the elderly who have issues driving, or would allow a mother transporting children to school to interact with the kids during the trip – I have no issue with it. I do worry about hacking and terrorist attacks, as others have mentioned.

    But the day you tell capable drivers they aren’t allowed behind the wheel we’re going to have a problem.

    • “Red Barchetta” by Rush. The Motor Laws.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I was waiting for that reference.

      • Clausewitz

        I was thinking of this movie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082642/

        • I missed that one… I was in Europe… or maybe Asia, I forget. Had more important things on my mind/to do. Good one though, it seems.

  • Xavier

    30 years ago, I worked with a British engineer who foresaw many of the problems that exist today. Ken’s idea was to place straight line high speed rail across the country for moving goods and people, use trucks for short hop deliveries, and ban planes altogether. He said you put anti aircraft guns everywhere and shoot down anything that flies. I suppose living through the Blitz had something to do with it. Smart guy, though.

  • carnytoes

    Can we program self driving cars to run down our self serving government? Better be a self driving dump truck if we want to take out Deb “the Albino Rhino” Mathews.

  • Xavier
  • Micky C.

    I for one welcome this… All hail are new mechanical masters. dōmo arigatō misutā Robōto