“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
The Government of Canada is investing $1.3 million in this project from the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund.
Several public and private partners are also providing funding and in-kind support totalling $2.36 million, including: the Government of Alberta, the City of Edmonton, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
The ACTIVE-AURORA project consists of four test-beds and two laboratory test environments, with ACTIVE representing the Edmonton component and AURORA representing the Vancouver component.
Three on-road Alberta Cooperative Transportation Infrastructure and Vehicular Environment (ACTIVE) test-beds are located on Whitemud Drive, 23 Avenue and Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton. Research on these test beds will primarily evaluate how connected vehicle technology can be applied to transportation safety, traffic demand management and increase peak capacity and smooth traffic flow on busy roads.
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.