It was just announced by Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek that driverless cars are allowed on public roadways in Ontario but only under strict conditions. This is the first step in allowing driverless cars to become a part of Ontarian's lives.
Decades ago, driverless cars were just a far fetched dream, but now they are real and you'll probably see them on roads in no time. This is of course, within certain rules and stipulations.
As of January 1, 2019, companies participating in Ontario's automated vehicle pilot program are allowed to test driverless cars on public roadways. The companies participating in the program include QNX, Magna, Uber and the University of Waterloo.
Yurek also mentioned that members of the public will be able to drive "Level 3" conditionally automated vehicles. In case you're not familiar with the terminology, a level 3 conditional automation car allows the car to take over during parts of your trip while driving. It's basically the type of car that can actively monitor the surrounding environment while driving.
Some of these cars are even able to take over the job of crawling slowly through highway traffic. The public will be allowed to use these vehicles but the driver must be ready to take control of the vehicle at any moment.
The Progressive Conservative government states that they are unaware if any vehicles are currently for sale in Canada just yet, but when they become available, they will be allowed on roads in Ontario.
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