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OVIN News

  • Survey: Help Ontario update the Goods and Service Manual

    The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) has created a questionnaire to collect your input on the latest terminology from the automotive supply chain. The terms you share will be used to update the Goods and Services Manual which assists applicants in compiling the statements of goods or services required to file a Canadian trademark application.

  • OVIN issues RFP for Upskilling Platform to support Ontario’s auto workforce

    To meet workforce needs and to support economic recovery, OVIN is proposing the development of a made-in-Ontario Upskilling Platform for the automotive and mobility sector. This tool would support Ontario’s automotive and mobility talent pool in developing and building on new and existing skills that would support their growth in the workforce. Proposals are due August 8, 2022 at 12pm EDT. Read the full RFP on OCI’s website.

  • World Creativity & Innovation Day (#WCID) April 21, 2022

    World Creativity & Innovation Day (#WCID)

    21 years ago in Toronto, Canadian founder Marci Segal launched World Creativity & Innovation Day (#WCID) with an inspiring mandate: “to remind and encourage people to use their creativity to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too”.

  • Rogers and OVIN Launch 5G Transportation Challenge

    Rogers Communications and the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) have launched a 5G challenge for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that operate in Ontario to accelerate innovation in the automotive sector.

  • New Talent Strategy & Roadmap Aims to Strengthen Ontario’s Automotive and Mobility Sector, with a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    The Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) is continuing to strengthen and grow Ontario’s automotive and mobility sector, while responding to the needs of its labour force.

  • Thales, Invision AI and MetroLinx Successfully Advance Autonomous Rail

    Invision AI, a Toronto-based technology scale-up; Thales, a global leader in digital technologies; and Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency for the Province of Ontario, today announced the successful completion of the WinterTech Program, an 18-month collaboration to validate the functionality and reliability of a cutting edge rail-centric system providing enhanced situational awareness, safety enhancements and operational benefits, through all weather conditions.

  • Jackie Pichette, Dua Abdelqader and Mona Eghanian – Unlike cars, microcredentials won’t drive themselves

    Microcredentials are a form of focused learning with the potential to respond to both the modern hiring needs of employers and the training needs of adults looking to advance or pivot in the labour market. At HEQCO, we define them as being tied to short learning opportunities that are focused on a discrete set of skills, knowledge or attributes. They provide more targeted training than traditional degrees, certificates and diplomas.

  • The Future of Smart Mobility – Transformed by Canadian Automotive Innovation

    The future not only looks electric for the Canadian automotive industry, but also promises to be more connected, autonomous and shared.

  • Connecting the North: A Draft Transportation Plan for Northern Ontario

    This Northern Ontario Transportation Plan (the plan) serves as a guide to help build a modern and sustainable transportation system for people in the North. It contains actions that will connect communities, provide safer and more reliable travel options and unlock economic potential in the North.

  • Ontario Drives Innovation in the Automotive Sector

    Applications open for the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program while province showcases leadership in autonomous vehicle development

  • Autonomous-vehicles-will-provide-new-jobs-but-education-across-the-board-is-key

    Autonomous vehicles will provide new jobs, but education is key to seizing the opportunity – report

    As growth in use of autonomous vehicles stokes demand for workers with computer science and engineering skills, education and political leadership is crucial to ensuring Canada can meet those needs.

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    Connecting the Southwest: A Draft Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario

    A safe, efficient and connected transportation network is a foundation for a healthy and prosperous Ontario. Our draft plan for southwestern Ontario includes more than 40 improvements and strategies for public transit, rail, highways and more.

Ecosystem Highlights

  • Future of Cities Call for Solutions

    Communitech and the Future of Cities 2022 partners have teamed up with 20+ municipalities from across Canada to identify the top challenges faced by our cities. Now, we’re looking for homegrown tech companies that can deliver solutions to one or more of the issues. If you are a Canadian tech company with a solution relevant to the challenges below, apply today.

  • 2021 Connected intersection Challenge

    The adoption of the Cellular-V2X standard will increase the number of connected vehicles on city roadways. To help prepare, Fortran and its contest partners BlackBerry and Cradlepoint are pleased to support the 2021 Connected Intersection Challenge.

  • Spotlight on Ottawa’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Ecosystem

    Canada’s capital is among the country’s top technology hubs, and combined with its long history in auto manufacturing, Ottawa is well-positioned to lead in the burgeoning connected and autonomous vehicle industry.

  • Transportation Innovation Challenge: Automated Sidewalk Winter Maintenance

    Be part of the first trial at Toronto’s new Transportation Innovation Zone! Are you developing new technologies to clear snow or apply salt to sidewalks? The City of Toronto is inviting you to join a first-of-its-kind Transportation Innovation Challenge at the City’s new Transportation Innovation Zone at Exhibition Place in early 2021. All of the information you need to know can be found in the Call for Applications or at the City of Toronto website www.Toronto.ca/TIZ

  • Canada improves but other countries keep pace in KPMG’s 2020 AV readiness index

    Canada is the world-leading hub of AI. There is a talent capability in AI, decision telematics and lidar at a density found nowhere else in the world

  • Otto Motors, Ontario-based maker of autonomous vehicles for factories, raises US$29-million

    Otto Motors, a division of Clearpath Robotics Inc., builds squat but agile battery-powered, pallet-sized vehicles that autonomously transport loads of as much as 1,500 kilograms at two metres per second to assembly lines.

  • Kitchener’s Avidbots sees increase in demand for robot floor cleaners

    A Kitchener company that builds cleaning robots is seeing demand for its product increase during the COVID-19 pandemic. Avidbots build an autonomous floor cleaning robot called Neo that is used in commercial spaces including malls and airports.

  • The Sensor: Legal Insights into Autonomous Vehicles

    In the short term, physical distancing and other restrictions have forced the closure of some vehicle and robotic manufacturing, adversely impacting connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) development. In the long term, however, the COVID-19 pandemic may propel the industry forward, by recasting our focus on the use of robotics and automated forms of service delivery, along with infrastructural and city planning aspects. Though a number of CAV companies have had to halt development and testing due to COVID-19, CAVs are carving out a role for themselves in a global community that is shifting priorities, altering habits, and becoming preoccupied with reducing human involvement in everyday tasks.

  • Province selects University of Windsor for autonomous vehicle study

    Two University of Windsor professors have received a provincial grant for a study of human interaction with Advance Driver Assistance Systems aimed at helping the Ministry of Transportation formulate future autonomous vehicle policy.

  • The Very First Standard We Need for Autonomous Vehicles

    Nowadays, there are multiple ongoing standardization efforts in the Autonomous Driving Systems (ADS) domain, whose goal is to try to standardize different aspects of ADS technologies, especially safety validation and verification procedures or approaches.

  • Auto Industry Pledges V2X Expansion, but Only If FCC Protects Airwaves

    The auto industry announced Thursday that it plans to install 5 million pieces of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) equipment over the next five years, but only if the Federal Communications Commission reverses course on a plan to take away airwaves currently reserved for development of the technology.

  • Outbreak to remap future vehicle design, interiors

    Across the car world, designers remain among the relative few in the industry who can continue their daily work uninterrupted, more or less. While factory stalls everywhere from Volkswagen Group to General Motors sent thousands of line workers home, the men and women who work to outline your car’s roof or orchestrate the feel of the lambswool carpets beneath your feet can gather virtually to push projects forward.

News Releases

  • Eastern Ontario Joins Province’s EV Revolution with Game-Changing Battery Materials Manufacturing Investment

    KINGSTON — Umicore plans to make a $1.5 billion investment to build a first of its kind industrial scale cathode and precursor materials manufacturing plant, in eastern Ontario. This investment would support Ontario’s vision of building an end-to-end electric vehicle (EV) supply chain in the province and becoming a North American hub for building the cars of the future. Building the facility will provide employment for around 1,000 people in the construction phase and employment for several hundred in operations.

  • World Creativity & Innovation Day (#WCID) April 21, 2022

    World Creativity & Innovation Day (#WCID)

    21 years ago in Toronto, Canadian founder Marci Segal launched World Creativity & Innovation Day (#WCID) with an inspiring mandate: “to remind and encourage people to use their creativity to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too”.

  • Rogers and OVIN Launch 5G Transportation Challenge

    Rogers Communications and the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) have launched a 5G challenge for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that operate in Ontario to accelerate innovation in the automotive sector.

  • New Talent Strategy & Roadmap Aims to Strengthen Ontario’s Automotive and Mobility Sector, with a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    The Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) is continuing to strengthen and grow Ontario’s automotive and mobility sector, while responding to the needs of its labour force.

  • Thales, Invision AI and MetroLinx Successfully Advance Autonomous Rail

    Invision AI, a Toronto-based technology scale-up; Thales, a global leader in digital technologies; and Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency for the Province of Ontario, today announced the successful completion of the WinterTech Program, an 18-month collaboration to validate the functionality and reliability of a cutting edge rail-centric system providing enhanced situational awareness, safety enhancements and operational benefits, through all weather conditions.

  • SalesChoice, in partnership with Purolator, received support from the Ontario government to commercialize a ground-breaking AI-powered driver health and safety solution.

    Ontario-based AI SaaS startup, SalesChoice, is partnering with Purolator, one of North America’s leading courier and logistics companies and the Government of Ontario, through Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), on a new driver health and safety initiative that will test the effectiveness of an AI-based predictive mood tracking and prescriptive mobile application.

  • Four DRobotics Corp. Leverages Government of Ontario Support to Enhance Sensor Capabilities of Snow Plows

    In partnership with Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), led by the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), Four DRobotics Corp is developing sensor technology that will increase the safety of snow plow operation. The City of Ottawa will be the primary partner on this project to develop this technology that will be tested at the Invest Ottawa Area X.O private all-weather connected and autonomous vehicle test track in Ottawa. Sensor Coretek, Studio63, Syntronics, and T minus20 will take on a secondary partnership roll on the project.

  • eLeapPower – Powering e-Mobility

    eLeapPower (founded in 2016 as Havelaar Canada), together with the University of Toronto’s Electric Vehicle Centre (UTEV), collaborated with the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) program, Chery Automotive Commercial Vehicle and Opus One Solutions to produce a game-changing wireless charging technology for autonomous vehicles.

  • Ecopia AI Creates HD Map of Toronto for Autonomous Vehicles through Partnership with Government of Ontario

    Ecopia is commercializing a centralized hub for the HD Map data needed in the enablement of AV and smart city applications. The embedded HD Maps will be generated through the use of Ecopia’s proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) powered systems, which mine geospatial data such as aerial and street-view imagery, to generate a highly detailed digital representation of the physical world.

  • Acerta Analytics and Challenger Motor Freight Partner on Fuel Economy Optimization

    Acerta Analytics, Inc. is pleased to announce the creation of a new partnership with Challenger Motor Freight with the support of Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN). The partnership will focus on enhancing trucking fleet maintenance and fuel optimization via Acerta’s AutoPulse machine learning platform.

  • Toronto’s Almon Completes AVIN-Funded Development of Autonomous Vehicle Technology

    Almon worked with Toronto-based automation startup X-Matik to retrofit a 2020 Peterbilt truck with actuators and sensors, and the University of Waterloo Mechatronic Vehicle Systems Lab to develop the algorithms needed to enable autonomous operation.

  • Transoft Solutions and Region of Durham Detecting Road Safety Issues in Real-Time with Ontario Government Support

    Transoft Solutions (ITS), developers of transportation engineering software and road safety analytic technology, is developing an innovative crash risk prediction system, which includes near-miss notification alerts to improve traffic safety across the Regional Municipality of Durham.