Connected Vehicle Project Marks a Milestone in Edmonton

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport; the Honourable Brian Mason, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure; His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton; and Dr. Larry Kostiuk, Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta, today announced that the ACTIVE-AURORA project is now testing a variety of connected vehicle applications on roads in Edmonton, as part of the ACTIVE Test-Bed. The announcement of this project milestone took place during the Second International Conference on Transportation Innovation (ICTI) at the University of Alberta, where conference attendees had the opportunity to participate in an on-road demonstration of connected vehicle applications.

ACTIVE-AURORA represents a unique partnership among three levels of government: the Government of Canada (Transport Canada), the Government of Alberta (Alberta Transportation) and the City of Edmonton, academic institutions, and several industry partners. As the first connected vehicle test-bed network in Canada, ACTIVE-AURORA signifies a major collaborative effort and push in innovation towards achieving increased safety and efficiency in transportation.

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“As an engineer, I am pleased that the Government of Canada is involved in funding our country’s first connected vehicle technology test-bed network. This innovative technology has the potential to make Canada’s transportation system safer, more efficient, and secure for passenger and commercial traffic throughout the country.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport


“Alberta is a leader in seeking out, testing and adopting new and innovative technologies, like the ACTIVE-AURORA project, that improve the safety and efficiency of travel on our highways for both personal and commercial drivers. Our government is proud to be a partner in this cutting-edge project which could ultimately support Alberta’s economic diversification and create jobs by fostering local expertise and attracting new talent and employing the engineers, specialists and researchers needed to design, install and operate this technology”
The Honourable Brian Mason
Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure


“The City of Edmonton is proud to participate in a project that is cutting-edge and has the potential to make our roads safer for our citizens. We eagerly anticipate the results from the testing on our streets.”
His Worship Don Iveson
Mayor, City of Edmonton


“Collaborative initiatives such as ACTIVE-AURORA, supported by all levels of government, and with partners in industry and academia, ensure the development of new technologies that have an immediate and direct impact on the public good. This project has the potential to improve public safety and ensure the safe and timely delivery of people, goods, and services.”
Fraser Forbes
Dean of Engineering, University of Alberta

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Backgrounder ACTIVE-AURORA project: wireless connected vehicle technology now testing a variety of applications

Related Links

ACTIVE-AURORA Test-bed Network 
International Conference on Transportation Innovation

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