The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, along with the Honourable Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Transportation of the Province of Alberta; Councillor Mike Nickel of the City of Edmonton; and Dr. Glen Baker, Associate Vice-President (Research) of the University of Alberta, today announced the launch of the ACTIVE-AURORA project, a unique and innovative project to advance connected vehicle technology. The launch took place during the International Conference on Transportation Innovation (ICTI), being held at the University of Alberta.
This project is a first for Canada. It will provide the opportunity for organizations to test and evaluate new and emerging connected vehicle systems, applications and services. Connected vehicles use wireless mobile devices that are present in a car or a truck to exchange information in real time with road-side equipment like traffic lights or message signs, and with other vehicles. For example, researchers will be able to test systems that would let a driver know that a collision has happened up ahead, or that traffic is slowing after the next exit, which could be used to improve traffic flow as well as safety.
ACTIVE-AURORA will provide real-world test zones, combined with laboratory settings, where conditions can be customized to simulate various situations. These facilities offer state-of-the art learning opportunities, which will strengthen Canada’s research advantage by attracting world-class researchers to test and evaluate new connected vehicle technology, as well as coaching the next generation of transportation experts.
The three-year project is being led by University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia, and will build on existing research programs and partnerships. Together, the universities will collect and analyze data that will lead to improved traffic safety and efficiency for travelers, transport companies, and other users of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and its corridors.
- The Government of Canada’s contribution for this $3.66 million project includes $1.3 million from the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund.
- A number of public and private partners are also providing funding and in-kind support totaling $2.36 million: the Province of Alberta, the City of Edmonton, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
- The ACTIVE-AURORA project consists of three test-beds and two laboratory test environments. ◦Two on-road Alberta Cooperative Transportation Infrastructure and Vehicular Environment (ACTIVE) test-beds will be located in the greater Edmonton area.
- One on-road Automotive Test-bed for Reconfigurable and Optimized Radio Access (AURORA) will develop, test, demonstrate and commercialize innovations in Vancouver, with particular emphasis on wireless communications for freight security and efficiency.
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