Toronto, CA is preparing

In 2015, Toronto was one of the first cities to conduct an in-depth look at the long-term prospects for AVs. Driving Changes: Automated Vehicles in Toronto, a study conducted by the University of Toronto’s Innovation Policy Lab, concluded that near-total conversion of the city’s private vehicle fleet to AVs by 2030 could save $6 billion annually (4 percent of the city’s economic output), eliminate 16,000 road fatalities annually, and improve the mobility of 75,000 disabled senior citizens. Considering the uncertainty of AVs, the City is taking a calculated and technologically agnostic approach to AV adoption. An Interdivisional AV Working Group, a three-year work plan, and a temporary staff position were established in 2016 to coordinate work across city departments and agencies, with local stakeholders, and with other communities in the region and beyond.

In October 2017, the public agency that oversees the city’s lakefront, Waterfront Toronto, announced the selection of New York City-based Sidewalk Labs as lead partner for the creation of what the company claims “is likely to be the first large autonomous vehicle-only district in the world” at Quayside, a redevelopment area.

Updates

2018-01-16: Toronto Transportation Services releases a Divisional Workplan summarizing work undertaken over the last three years to develop a cross-divisional policy position for AVs in the city. Link

Further Reading

https://www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20Toronto/Transportation%20Services/TS%20Publications/Reports/Driving%20Changes%20(Ticoll%202015).pdf

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