Preparing Canada for automated, connected cars

Canada is not yet prepared for self-driving cars and must ready for its full arrival to ensure the country is capable of handling the upcoming period of technological change, according to the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications.

After studying automated and connected vehicles, which have been described as the future of transportation by the committee, Senators have released a report with 16 recommendations to help ensure Canada’s success in the matter.

“We are on the cusp of a transportation revolution and Canada must be ready,” said Senator Dennis Dawson, Deputy Chair of the committee. “Cities were ill-prepared when ride sharing came to Canada; we cannot afford to repeat this mistake.”

The recommendations are meant to ensure that government departments work with innovators to prepare policy for the “responsible” development of automated and connected vehicle technology. They will also create a coordinated national strategy so that Canadians can properly benefit from these technologies and be protected from potential harms like cyber attacks.

“These new technologies hold great promise but they do not come without risks,” said Senator Patricia Bovey, Deputy Chair of the committee. “Canadians need assurance that their personal information will be protected.”

The first 10 recommendations are as follows:

  • Transport Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada expeditiously create a joint policy unit to coordinate federal efforts and implement a national strategy on automated and connected vehicles.
  • Transport Canada engage with provincial and territorial governments, through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, to develop a model provincial policy for the use of automated and connected vehicles on public roads. The department should also involve municipalities in this engagement process.
  • Transport Canada strengthen its work on automated and connected vehicles with the United States through the Regulatory Cooperation Council, to ensure that these vehicles will work seamlessly in both countries.
  • Transport Canada urgently develop vehicle safety guidelines for the design of automated and connected vehicles. The guidelines should identify design aspects for industry to consider when developing, testing and deploying such vehicles on Canadian roads. The guidelines should also be updated regularly to keep pace with the evolution of automated and connected vehicle technology.
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada allocate the 5.9 gigahertz spectrum that it has set aside for use in dedicated short-range communications systems, while continuing to reserve this spectrum for connected vehicle uses.
  • Transport Canada, in cooperation with the Communications Security Establishment and Public Safety Canada, develop cybersecurity guidance for the transportation sector based on best practices and recognized cybersecurity principles. The guidance should include advice on original equipment, replacement equipment and software updates.
  • Transport Canada work with Public Safety Canada, the Communications Security Establishment and industry stakeholders to address cybersecurity issues and to establish a real-time crisis connect network, and that Transport Canada report regularly on their progress.
  • The Government of Canada table legislation to empower the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to proactively investigate and enforce industry compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
  • The Government of Canada continue to assess the need for privacy regulations specific to the connected car.
  • Transport Canada bring together relevant stakeholders – governments, automakers, and consumers – to develop a connected car framework, with privacy protection as one of its key drivers.

For more information, read the full report here.

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