A Pilot Project to Safely Test Autonomous Vehicles

Ministry: Ministry of Transportation
Regulation Number(s): N/A
Bill or Act: N/A
Summary of Proposal: MTO recognizes the importance of new vehicle technology, especially if it can expand mobility options for Ontarians. Safety is a top priority however and thus the ministry reviews all new vehicle types and technology to determine whether they are safe for Ontario's roads.

This proposal is a first for Canada and provides an excellent opportunity to showcase Ontario as a leader in technology development with the potential to attract new business opportunities. In addition, it will allow the ministry to proactively evaluate and determine how these vehicles can be safely integrated with other road users prior to them becoming widely available to the public, which manufacturers indicate could be in the near future.

Currently, three U.S. jurisdictions have implemented laws for the purposes of testing autonomous vehicles on their roads. The ministry is considering a potential pilot framework to allow for the testing of autonomous vehicles under similar conditions in Ontario. Proceeding by first conducting a pilot is consistent with the approach of U.S. jurisdictions and would enable the Ministry to establish rules, monitor and safely evaluate the pilot during the testing phase.

For details on the ministry's proposal, please see attached. We invite you to submit comments on this proposed pilot project for MTO consideration.

An information notice of this proposal has also been posted on the Environmental Registry at the following link:
Further Information: Click to open  A Pilot Project to Safely Test Autonomous Vehicles    (Download Adobe Reader)
Click to open  Autonomous Vehicle Summary of Proposal    (Download Adobe Reader)
Proposal Number: 13-MTO043
Posting Date: December 17, 2013
Comments Due Date: February 24, 2014
Contact Address: Ministry of Transportation
Safety Policy and Education Branch
Road Safety Policy Office
1201 Wilson Avenue
Building A, Room 212
Downsview, Ontario
M3M 1J8