It looks like Canadians are going to be able to get behind the wheel of a self-driving car sooner than we thought.

In the past year, Ontario has seen a few self-driving car test pilots hit the city streets, but now one car company is turning this dream into a reality with the launch of their new semi-autonomous model.

In fall 2018, Audi will be launching its new semi-autonomous A8 model in Canada, which is advertised as being able to take over driving in slow-moving highway traffic and heavy congestion up to 60 km/h.

However, many Canadians are skeptical about having semi-autonomous cars on the road, especially after one of Google's self-driving cars hit a transit bus earlier this year.

But regardless of hesitation, semi-autonomous cars are a developing technology and are something to get used to. Senator Dennis Dawson of Quebec, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, says, "The provinces and the cities have to adapt to the fact that they are coming down the road."

Currently, cities from around the world are testing out various self-driving vehicles including buses and city vehicles, which are promised to reduce collisions, cut emissions and make road transportation more efficient.

Canada's transport minister, Marc Garneau, says when it comes to self-driving cars, Canada is doing its best to try to keep up with the pace of innovation.

"What we don't want is to slow down this technological development, but at the same time, we have to make sure that our streets remain safe," the minister said. And the best way to do this is to continue pilot projects throughout the province. 

Introducing self-driving cars to Canadians is definitely taking a step in the right direction to help get drivers accustomed to the changes ahead as there will be plenty of other brands releasing semi-autonomous cars in the near future. 

Tesla, BMW, and Mercedes Benz will launch their semi-autonomous cars in the near future, with all vehicles marketing them as an assisted driving feature.

Source: CBC News