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November 16, 2017
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Mayor Jim Watson was joined by Karen McCrimmon, MP, Kanata-Carleton, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Michael Zweck, Audi Connected Systems Developer at Mark Motors of Ottawa, to demonstrate the benefits of I2V (Infrastructure to Vehicle) technology.

The City of Ottawa has partnered with Transport Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to deliver the Assisted Commercial Vehicle Eco-Driving Pilot Project. The project is a one-year initiative that is currently running along a six-kilometre stretch of Hunt Club Road, between Cleopatra Drive and Uplands Drive. The corridor has 12 connected traffic signals, supported by the City’s signal and traffic control system and Traffic Technology Services’ (TTS) analysis system. These systems communicate with connected vehicles, providing information on when a traffic signal will change. The information helps drivers determine optimum speeds to reduce fuel consumption and emissions and avoid hard braking.

For the pilot project, the City provided a basic tablet with a system app that relays the signal information to the drivers of Eco-Driving vehicles, operated by Purolator and Crepin Cartage, (a member of the Greater Ottawa Trucking Association). In Audi’s case, the software and hardware will be built into some of their models (A4, A5, Q5, Q7), allowing their vehicles to gain access to traffic control system signal information when the vehicle is connected to the city’s traffic infrastructure. Purolator and Crepin completed test runs of the system in August 2017 and have been undertaking trips through the corridor to collect data for the project over the last few months. The data collection phase is now completed and Carleton University has begun analysing the information to determine the efficiencies gained in both reduced emissions and fuel consumption, and the associated environmental and economic benefits. A final report will be provided to the MTO in the first quarter of 2018.

While the technology is in use in some European and U.S. cities, Ottawa is the first city in Canada to test it, furthering our commitment to being a Smart City. Ottawa’s recently approved Smart City Strategy, Smart City 2.0, includes a focus on developing a connected city with affordable access and next generation infrastructure.

The $300,000 pilot project is funded by the Government of Canada ($150,000), the Province of Ontario ($75,000) and the City of Ottawa ($75,000).

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“Connected vehicles have the potential to improve road safety, reduce congestion, increase mobility, protect the environment and support economic opportunities for Canadian businesses. Our Government will continue to support innovation as new technologies will enhance the capacity and competitiveness of Canada’s transportation system.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“Our government recognizes the impact that new vehicle technologies can have in making the every-day lives of Ontarian’s easier, which is why we continue to invest in innovation - especially those that can expand mobility options and help improve the efficiency of our transportation networks. Today’s demonstration is proof that Ontario is well-positioned to be a global leader in the development, testing and deployment of connected and automated vehicles.”

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“Whether it is providing infrastructure for testing connected vehicles, a test loop for next generation autonomous vehicles, or operating one of the world’s most sophisticated traffic control systems, the City of Ottawa innovates with its partners to ensure our city is one of the smartest, most well-connected cities in North America.”

Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

This technology demonstrates Audi’s position as an industry leader in connectivity solutions. V2I applications and services like Traffic Light Information are essential components as Audi continues to move towards an autonomous future. We applaud the collaboration between our federal, provincial and municipal governments on this innovative V2I demonstration opportunity with the City of Ottawa.

Felix Enciso, Director, Product Planning, Audi Canada

Quick Facts:

  • The Assisted Commercial Vehicle Eco-Driving Pilot Project runs along a 6-kilometre stretch of Hunt Club Road, between Cleopatra Drive and Uplands Drive.
  • The corridor contains 12 traffic lights
  • The cost of the pilot project is $300,000
    • $150,000 - Government of Canada
    • $75,000 - Province of Ontario
    • $75,000 - City of Ottawa
  • The City of Ottawa has:
    • 6,000 km of roads
    • Over 1,150 traffic controlled intersections

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