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Connected and Automated Vehicles Task Force News (Summer 2019)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In this issue:

Welcome from the Executive

The Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) Task Force was created by the TAC Board of Directors in 2018, and recently held its first meeting (see the highlights, below). We are a forum for dialogue and collaboration among transportation system owner-operators, regulatory bodies, businesses, industry organizations, and academia. Our purpose is to help TAC members respond to and benefit from the development and application of connected vehicle (CV) and automated vehicle (AV) technologies, with an emphasis on optimizing outcomes for public health and safety, mobility, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability in urban and rural communities.

The Task Force has a limited membership as defined in its Terms of Reference, but welcomes any friends who wish to participate. Its meetings are open to all TAC members, and we especially encourage attendance by young professionals. Our next meeting will be on Friday, September 20 in Halifax—join us then!

Council Chair: Garreth Rempel, MORR Transportation Consulting

Council Vice-Chair: Kenedee Ludwar, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure

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2019 Spring Meeting Highlights

The CAV Task Force met in Ottawa on Friday, April 5, with 50 members and friends present. Attendees developed ideas for a work plan, heard a presentation on the preliminary outcomes of a discussion paper being developed (see below), and held a fascinating roundtable discussion during which they relayed CV/AV initiatives underway within their agencies, businesses or institutions.

Our featured speaker was Paul Carlson (Chair of both the Infrastructure Task Force of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the CAV Task Force of the U.S. National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) who provided a traffic control perspective on the lessons learned from recent CAV preparations in the United States.

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2019 TAC-ITS Canada Joint Conference & Exhibition

This year’s conference in Halifax will feature two concurrent technical streams that will focus exclusively on CAVs, including the following technical sessions:

  • Preparing for CAVs, Part 1: Technical Challenges and Developments
  • Preparing for CAVs, Part 2: Readiness Planning and Pilot Projects
  • Advancing the Development of a Security Credential Management System for Connected Vehicles in Canada—Option Analysis and Stakeholder Consultation
  • Federal Initiatives to Support Intelligent Transportation Systems Research, Development and Deployment
  • Connected Vehicle: The Future of Mobility
  • Results from AV/CV Testing and Trials in Canada

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Publication Coming Soon

CAV Discussion Paper
TAC has retained a consultant to develop a discussion paper that will help the Association better understand its role in Canada’s CAV ecosystem, and identify specific technical issues that its members and volunteers could address. The discussion paper will be available this summer on TAC’s website. Get more information

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Projects in Progress

CAV Task Force volunteers are supporting the creation of new resources for Canadian practitioners, including:

  • TAC webinars on important CAV topics (including Calgary’s autonomous shuttle pilot test and Toronto’s draft tactical plan for automated vehicles, both available on demand)
  • An inventory of CAV initiatives in Canada
  • A lexicon of CAV terminology
  • A reference list of guidance documents for agencies to test and implement CAVs

Contact us if you would like to help.

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