Automated and Connected Vehicles

Vehicle technology is evolving at a rapid pace and substantial progress has been made to date to improve vehicle safety. It is estimated that some 90% of vehicle collisions are caused in part of driver error. Even more gains can be made by using connected and automated driving technologies to further enhance vehicle safety.

Connected and automated vehicle technologies have the potential for additional societal benefits such as reduced GHG emissions and improved public productivity. Federal government engagement and Transport Canada leadership is needed to facilitate the effective deployment and public acceptance of these technologies. Ongoing dialogue, flexible approaches and avoiding barriers to vehicle testing and deployment will be critical. Activities need to be coordinated nationally across the Canadian jurisdictions, and collaborative work with the United States on aligned requirements and approaches is essential in avoiding a patchwork approach. This will provide the needed certainty in the regulatory landscape to allow vehicle manufacturers to focus on developing and deploying technologies faster to the shared North American market in an effective manner, with more choice, and lower cost to the consumer.

CVMA members are investing significant financial resources into engineering and software Research and Development to support connected and automated driving systems. Technologies are being explored to enable a future where vehicles can “talk” to each other and their surroundings and where vehicles can take-over certain driving tasks. Vehicles would be continuously aware of each other and may be able to warn drivers of and provide assistance to take action to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Numerous research projects and partnerships are underway to demonstrate and further develop real-world applications of these technologies, eventually evolving into broad application in fully autonomous vehicles.

Data privacy and cybersecurity are integral to the deployment of connected and automated vehicle technologies and a priority to both industry and the consumer. Automakers are taking proactive actions to identify and address potential threat scenarios and address them quickly. Security features and protection of customer privacy are implemented in every stage of vehicle design and manufacturing. CVMA members also partner with public and private research groups and participate in forums on emerging issues as part of the ongoing efforts to safeguard data, electronic systems and networks.