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Published on
July 5, 2021
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The City’s Transportation Committee today received a presentation from the Kanata North Business Association outlining a plan to use autonomous vehicles to connect Kanata North to the City’s existing and planned rapid transit networks.

The results of a feasibility study show that the opportunity exists to use autonomous vehicles to help commuters get from existing and future transit stations to the Kanata North Technology Park and nearby federal facilities. An on-demand autonomous shuttle service would run between Moodie Station and the Technology Park via Carling Avenue. An autonomous electric bus would connect the area to the future Stage 3 O-Train extension via the planned March Road bus rapid transit corridor.

The plan aims to enhance sustainable mobility options for the city’s second largest employment area, while showcasing innovative technology from Ottawa’s growing autonomous vehicle sector. The Kanata North Business Association proposes to partner with Invest Ottawa to start a one-year pilot of the shuttle service from Moodie Station to the new National Defence Headquarters and the Technology Park, and work towards realizing the plan by establishing key partnerships, securing funding and engaging government and public policy stakeholders.