Another First For Kanata North – and CAV Technology

Published on September 05, 2019

The September MPP column in Our Community Voice - on connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology 

Our Community Voice, September 5, 2019 - On August 26 I was excited to take part in the international launch of a trial demonstration of safe connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology right here in our community. The Ride the Pod trial was hosted by Invest Ottawa, Aurrigo (leaders in autonomous shuttle technology) and the Kanata North Business Association at the Ottawa L5 test facilities.

The pilot project allowed more than 350 community members to ride in the self-driving Ottawa L5 Pod on a custom-designed route across the Marshes Golf course to Brookstreet Hotel so they might share feedback about their experience. The project explores how the pod operates on a complex route that includes a hill, a tunnel, narrow tree-covered bridges and many twists and turns. It is testing the communications capabilities of the Ottawa L5 Public CAV Test Facilities. Tech specialists at Aurrigo and Transport Canada will gather rider feedback that will enhance user experience and support on-going CAV policy research.

It is envisioned that one day autonomous vehicles like the pod will alleviate growing traffic congestion by providing safe, affordable public transportation.  

The Ride the Pod event celebrated all that is possible for advanced CAV technology in the Kanata North Tech Hub – Canada’s largest Tech Park. The pilot project also showcases the Ottawa L5 CAV Test Facilities – which hosts the only test track of its kind in the world that enables R&D and testing of CAV technology on public and private testbeds in a four-season climate.

I am very pleased to see the Kanata North Tech Hub get the attention it deserves as one of our country’s economic growth engines. It is remarkable that Kanata North contributes $13 billion to Canada’s GDP and hosts more than 500 high tech companies, employing more than 23,000 people. This is a significant footprint for our Region, for the Province, and for the Country. And the technology world is watching what is happening in Kanata North!


Looking Forward

  • As a mother I have always felt that the passing of the Labour Day Weekend ushered in a new cycle of activity. Fall is back-to-school and back to a family routine. To all students, I hope you will enjoy the start to your classes.
  • This time of year also holds great memories of the Carp Fair! I always look forward to attending “The Best Little Fair in Canada.” I will see you at the 156th edition, running September 26-29th.