Toronto approves first comprehensive automated vehicles plan for a North American city
Nov. 1, 2019
Global Korean Post
Toronto City Council has approved the Automated Vehicles (AV) Tactical Plan and Readiness 2022 report. This is the first comprehensive plan of its kind for a North American city.
The plan aims to make Toronto “AV Ready” by 2022 and includes five key actions for City staff. One of the key actions is an Automated Shuttle Trial already scheduled to connect the West Rouge neighbourhood in Scarborough with the nearby Rouge Hill GO Transit station by September 2020.
While driverless cars (highly/fully automated vehicles) may still be a few years away, they have the potential to reshape Toronto’s transportation system. Partially automated vehicles are already in Toronto. These are mainly passenger vehicles with cruise control, automated braking, lane control, etc. The Tactical Plan addresses both types of automation and recognizes that some actions are required now while other planning can stretch all the way to 2050.