Guest speaker: Barrie Kirk, Executive Director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence
“You heard it here first!” Barrie Kirk shared exciting news about automated vehicles which are coming sooner than we think. Drivers in Ontario will soon have to share the road as the first province to allow the testing of automated vehicles and related technology. Barrie says automated and connected-vehicle technologies can improve fuel efficiency and help reduce traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and driver distraction. “Human error is the critical reason for 93 per cent of crashes, and computers never get distracted, are never drunk and they have senses that span 360 degrees”. Long-haul truck drivers, taxi drivers, even transit workers could be forced out of work as companies and municipal governments embrace transportation technologies that don't require someone behind the wheel, and everyone from insurance adjusters to auto body repair technicians could also feel the effects.