The City of Ottawa equipped traffic lights on a stretch of March Road with a short-wave radio system that signalled the vehicle when to stop at a red light, marking the first time in Canada that city infrastructure has been connected to a self-driving car. Before long, the car is expected to be operating on city streets in the test area amidst real traffic and pedestrians. (The Canadian Press, Ottawa Business Journal)
Look Ma, No Hands!
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was along for the ride during Thursday’s first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada. The self-driving car equipped with BlackBerry Q-N-X software with hit the road in the west end of the region yesterday.
A grey Lincoln sedan took a spin around Kanata North with no one’s hands on the wheel, then stopped at a traffic light as hundreds of curious onlookers witnessed the historic scene. A BlackBerry official was in the driver’s seat, as required by provincial law, but he held up his hands to show the crowd the car was indeed steering itself.