Half-a-million dollars is going to the University of Alberta to help Canadian cities prepare for connected and autonomous vehicles.
The funding will be going towards a “project to pilot the enhanced privacy of connected vehicle communications,” the federal government said in a news release about the announcement at the end of June.
The money is being provided under Transport Canada’s Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System program, for which $2.9 million has been allocated.
“It will pilot approaches to authenticate connected vehicle communications to detect and block communications from vehicles that may be misbehaving due to a defect or a malicious intervention,” added a Transport Canada spokesperson. “This research will allow communities to be better prepared – in terms of safety and privacy – when connected and automated vehicle vehicles are deployed.”
“We are in the midst of fundamental changes in our transportation systems. Connected and automated vehicles are reshaping the sector, and University of Alberta experts are leading research into these technologies to help us build more sustainable and resilient communities,” said David H. Turpin, president and vice-chancellor at the university, in a statement.