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Available Expert - Canada enters race for autonomous vehicle success

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Queen’s University business expert John-Kurt Pliniussen is available to comment on yesterday’s announcement that three autonomous vehicles will be tested on Ontario roads over the next two decades.

The first two are Lincoln sedans and the third in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van worth $90,000.

“For the past two years autonomous vehicles have been tested on the open roads in the United States, Europe and Asia,” says Dr. Pliniussen. “There is an important race now between a variety of companies (Google, Intel, Uber, General Motors, Ford and Lyft, etc.) to get to market first. Part of the challenge is safety and reliability especially in bad weather conditions, such as those in late fall and winter. The tests now in Canada are part of the research and will help speed the race to market.”

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