Toronto, Ontario – In this week’s report on electric and autonomous vehicles, the federal government expands the ZEV program to include larger vehicles, General Motors patents an autonomous driving education system and Windsor, Ont. officially opens the virtual reality cave for AV testing.
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The federal government has unveiled major changes to the zero-emission vehicle program, announcing that it has been expanded to provide incentives for the purchase of emission-free minivans, light-duty pickups and SUVs.
As of April 25, a vehicle eligible for the ZEV program must have a base model MSRP of less than $55,000, with a cap of $65,000 for more expensive versions of the same model.
Larger vehicles, such as SUVs, vans and pickups, must have a base model manufacturer’s suggested retail price of less than $60,000, with a cap of $70,000.
The government linked the announcement with a sales mandate to have 20% of vehicle sales in Canada be ZEVs by 2026.
A new patent filed by General Motors aims to provide a revolutionary learning tool for novice drivers that allows a vehicle to autonomously monitor and assess driving ability, provide feedback and even take control of the vehicle if necessary.
Still in its infancy, the technology is being tested to see if it could determine if a driver meets various licensing requirements, or use its intelligence to try to match the driver’s abilities.
It’s unclear at this point if the technology would be used in personal vehicles, although the patent suggests it could be applied to a fleet of education vehicles.
In an effort to circumvent the volatility of the global supply chain, Invest WindsorEssex has unveiled a virtual tunnel from Windsor to Detroit to be used to test the potential of autonomous border delivery vehicles.
“This environment now gives us another level to test these different vehicle technologies,” said Edward Dawson, senior director of automotive and innovation at Invest WindsorEssex.
Dawson says this virtual setting allows his team to accurately simulate conditions at that specific border crossing, including border checkpoints, traffic (as you might find on a Lions game day, noted a project engineer ) and even the unique lighting found when cars are driving. through the tunnel.
Invest WindsorEssex engineering manager Akash Charuvila said the virtual reality cave is officially open and is working with several companies in the field of autonomous technology.