An Ottawa-based autonomous-vehicle consulting firm will create an institute to help advance Canadian development of AVs and connected vehicles.
CAVCOE (formerly the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence) said the Canadian Automated Vehicles Institute (CAVI) will launch in 2019 as a not-for-profit organization open to private- and public-sector organizations involved in the autonomous- and connected-vehicle “ecosystem.”
In countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, France and Holland, AV institutes provide a national strategy and focus, CAVCOE said in a news release Tuesday.
“However, Canada does not have a similar institute and thus is falling behind,” the release said. “CAVI will meet this need and will learn from and incorporate the best practices from each of these other countries.”
A 2015 paper co-authored by CAVCOE, the Conference Board of Canada and the Van Horne Institute estimated that once fully deployed in Canada, AVs could save up to 1,600 lives a year in avoidable car crashes and save the Canadian economy up to $65 billion annually.
The institute, which has six founding partners including CAVCOE, has several key objectives, including moving Canada up the KPMG ranking on AV preparedness from No. 7 to the top three of 20 countries.
While it will help bring together government and industry groups and refine strategies, CAVI will not conduct its own technology-related research and development.