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News   May 20, 2019   by Allan Janssen

New CAV testing ground to open in Ottawa

The Ottawa L5 private test track features 16 kilometers of paved roads that provide proving grounds for CAV technologies in connected and secure environments.

A new testing ground for L5 connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) is expected to contribute to the Ontario economy and set the province up to become a leader in new transportation technology.

A group dubbed “Invest Ottawa” has launched the new testing facility, which has already attracted more than three dozen small- to medium-sized enterprises for CAV research and development and commercialization.

Invest Ottawa is working with the province and other strategic partners on the $11 million facility which leverages:

* $5 million in anchor provincial investment through the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), an initiative delivered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on behalf of the Government of Ontario; and

* More than $6 million in in-kind contributions from internationally recognized public and private partners.

The testing grounds enable Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) testing in Ottawa’s true four-season weather climate, with temperatures that range from +37 to -38 degrees Celsius, and harsh winter conditions marked by heavy snow, sleet, and ice. Comprised of a public and private CAV test track, the Ottawa L5 is equipped with 5G, 4G/LTE, GPS (RTK), dedicated short range communications (DSRC), and Wi-Fi telecommunications and networking infrastructure, making it the first integrated CAV test environment of its kind in North America.

According to Allied Research, the international autonomous vehicle market is currently valued at $54.23 billion (2019), and it is projected to reach more than $556 billion by 2026.

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