Ontario & Michgan Launch Canada’s First Cross-Border Vehicle Test Drive Program

“Ontario is proud to be part of North America’s first national, cross border test drive in our Automated Vehicle Pilot Program.” – Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca

Province and Michigan Testing New Technologies to Drive Innovation in Auto Sector

News from the Office  of Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation

Posted July 31st. 2017 on Niagara At Large

Ontario and Michigan are completing North America’s first national, cross-border automated vehicle test drive through Southern Ontario and Michigan, promoting innovation in the auto sector and driving economic growth.

Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del-Duca

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, were in Windsor this morning to mark the milestone.

The test drive began in Detroit and will continue from Windsor to Sarnia before crossing back over the border. The drive will conclude in Traverse City, Michigan later today with the signing of a new agreement between Ontario and Michigan to continue collaboration in testing, developing and marketing automated and connected vehicle technology.

Ontario’s Magna International and Michigan’s Continental Automotive North America provided the demonstration vehicles that have innovative features like traffic jam assist, lane keeping, and technology that measures driver fatigue, attention and engagement.

Supporting connected and automated vehicle development to promote economic growth and innovation is part of our plan to to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


  • Magna’s test drive vehicle is a 2015 Cadillac ATS and Continental’s test drive vehicle is a Chrysler 300.
  • Ontario is investing $80 million over five years for the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network to help maximize the economic potential of automated and connected vehicle technologies.
  • The network will also help Ontario adapt its transportation systems and infrastructure and plan for the deployment of autonomous and connected vehicle technology.
  • Ontario currently has six participants in its automated vehicle pilot program: The University of Waterloo, The Erwin Hymer Group, QNX, Continental, X-Matik Inc. and Magna.
  • About 100 Ontario companies and organizations are involved in the automated and connected vehicle industry.
  • Ontario and Michigan together account for 26 per cent of North American vehicle production.
  • In 2016, two-way automotive trade between Ontario and Michigan totalled $46 billion.


Today’s test drive is a great example of the continued collaboration and innovation between Ontario and Michigan. This new memorandum of understanding and our recent commitment of $80 million for an Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network signify the importance of a strong, cohesive partnership and continued investment in the development of AV/CV technologies and the mobility sector.”  — Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“With our strong clusters in automotive and information and communications technology, Ontario is the ideal place to develop, manufacture and adopt the disruptive technologies that are shaping the vehicles of tomorrow. Today’s event is also a great illustration of how auto jurisdictions on both sides of the border can be more globally competitive by working together.”  — Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth

“Today’s demonstration is an important example of how our ongoing cross-border cooperation is advancing connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. Our government is committed to creating new good middle-class jobs, growth and long-term prosperity that will position Canada as a global centre for automotive innovation. By continuing to work with the United States, we will equip our citizens with the skills they need to design and build the cars of the future on both sides of the border.”  — The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“The blueprint for border testing is being developed right here in Michigan and Ontario. We value our relationship with Ontario and look forward to further collaboration as this technology continues to evolve.”  — Kirk T. Steudle, Michigan State Transportation Director

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