Transport Canada is moving to limit the number of cars it accepts, a move that could put pressure on a Canadian automaker, one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the country.
Transport Canada has been testing out a new system of tracking cars with a small sensor, known as an Accelerometer, that could soon be on sale in Canada.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced the new system in an email on Thursday, saying it will give Canadians more control over their vehicles, including their speed, braking and acceleration.
The new system is based on the Canadian Autonomous Vehicles Alliance’s new system, which is being tested by the company’s partners in Europe.
Garneau said the government wants to make sure the new technology works as well as it has in the U.S. and the U: “We want it to work as well here as it works here, and we want to make the system as robust as it is in Canada,” he said.
“It’s very important to make it work here.”
In the U., the American Automobile Association is the leading advocate for the use of the technology, and the Association has been a vocal critic of Canada’s system of regulating autonomous vehicles.
Garney said the changes in Canada will give companies more flexibility in designing autonomous vehicles, and could also allow them to move forward with some new technology.
He said Canada will use the new platform to set a benchmark for safety standards, and that it will be rolled out nationwide over the next year or two.
Canada has already adopted a number of U. S.-style standards for vehicle safety, including requiring automakers to test the safety of their autonomous vehicles at least every five years, and also requiring them to provide a “safety record” detailing how they have made sure the vehicles are safe.
Garner noted that the new Canada-wide system would also apply to the U, and said it will work alongside the existing system, called Autopilot.
The government is also developing a national policy for vehicle autonomous driving, which would cover vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-from-vehicles communication.
The policy will be published in early 2017.
Transport officials said that although the new Canadian system will have limited use, the technology could also help in the future.
“Canada’s existing system is not enough to ensure safety,” Garneau wrote.
“If we have a system that works well in the States and Europe, why wouldn’t we want a similar system in Canada?
It’s about the best of both worlds: a national standard, a global standard.”
The federal government has said it would spend $500 million to develop the system, and has also asked for public comment on the new standards.
“We’re confident that this new approach will be more effective and safe than any of the existing systems,” Garner wrote.
He noted that there is a “lot of data” that has been collected to support the Canadian standards, which include the number and location of collisions, and noted that it was the first time any industry had used that data to come up with a national safety standard.
Garneas approval of the new systems will also give Canada a boost on the international front.
The United Kingdom has a vehicle safety standard called the European Autonomous Vehicle Directive, which sets national standards for the safety and operation of autonomous vehicles in Europe and the United States.
In the United Kingdom, the National Automobile Club has endorsed the new rules, and a spokeswoman said the British government is looking at adopting the new national standards as well.