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News   February 1, 2018   by Adam Malik

Canada not ready for future auto technology: Senate report

In a 76-page report, the Senate says 'the government must act now' to prepare for the future of transportation, which includes automated and connected vehicles.

This country needs to strap up its boots and get ready for an automated and connect future of mobility, according to a new report from Canada’s Senate.

“Canada is ill-prepared for the fast-approaching future of transportation,” it warned.

With early generations of automated vehicles already on roads and telematics equipped in many new cars, change is afoot and the nation’s leaders need to be prepared, says Driving Change, a report from the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications.

Its 76-page document released at the end of January looked at how transportation will change in Canada in the future, noting how experts are calling for self-driving options in urban areas in 10-15 years. These changes will bring an abundance of opportunity – but action is required today.

Some of the opportunities, according to an estimate cited by the Senate, include economic benefits from automated vehicles, which would reach $65 billion annually in collision avoidance, increased productivity, reducing traffic congestion and savings in fuel costs.

But there will also be losses.

A number of sectors will be affected by vehicle technology, like the taxi, transportation and parking industries, which employ more than one million people. There are also risks from car hacking and the loss of personal privacy.

“Canada is ill-prepared for the fast-approaching future of transportation.”

Driving Change, Senate report

On that last note, the Senate raised concerns around the data generated from connected cars and what corporations would do with that data.

“There is still time for Canada to put in place a robust plan that will maximize the advantages of automated and connected technology while addressing the risks,” the report said.

“But the government must act now.”

The committee made 16 recommendations to the federal government and a number of its agencies, ranging from co-ordinating and implementing a national strategy to empowering the privacy commissioner to investigate and enforce laws.

The Automotive Industries Association of Canada responded positively to the report, saying in an announcement that the Senate heard its concerns “loud and clear.”

The AIA said it will monitor two recommendations in particular – one to ensure the aftermarket continues to have access to needed data in order to offer services and the other to support retraining, skills upgrades and employment support for those who will face disruption.

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3 Comments » for Canada not ready for future auto technology: Senate report
  1. Ron H says:

    I personally think that we should not be in such a hurry to embrace yet another technology that will put millions out of work in all countries. We have a shortage of skilled mechanics as it is, and repairing these technologies so they are safe on the same road that my children and yours are driving on are a concern.

  2. Lindsey Bakker says:

    As the automotive repair industry begins to fail with lack of qualified technicians and the automobile continues to become more technologically advanced we are about to witness a crisis in our trade. Shouldn’t be too long in the future that everybody begins to wake up as they look for repair facilities for their cars. There is a good percentage in our trade that will be retiring soon leaving a huge void which cannot be filled by the amount of technicians being certified in our trade at present. Time to take action to save our trade. Time to push Ontario and federal governments for action but also OCOT who has had little difference in stopping our trades decline.

  3. A number of sectors will be affected by this new vehicle technology? You think? Are these people brain dead in the senate? Did they forget to include transport truck drivers, courier drivers or any delivery drivers for that matter, bus drivers, body shop employees etc.? One million people??? That’s a drop in the bucket! I can’t find skilled mechanics let alone general mechanics NOW, so who’s going to repair these robots in the future? This world is going downhill without brakes and it’s very scary!

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