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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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New WAVE: Ontario Tech University plugged in to autonomous vehicle (AV) innovation

As a self-driving shuttle hits the road locally, ACE explains some AV facts and insights

Whitby Autonomous Vehicle Electric shuttle, near the Town of Whitby lakefront.
Whitby Autonomous Vehicle Electric shuttle, near the Town of Whitby lakefront.

On August 24, local transportation took a giant step into the future when a team of future-focused organizations collaborated in the Town of Whitby to launch on-road testing for a self-driving small bus, North America’s first autonomous shuttle with integrated smart safety infrastructure.

The inaugural phase of the Whitby Autonomous Vehicle Electric (WAVE) shuttle project involves nearly a dozen partners from across the transportation, high-tech innovation, government and academic communities.

Ontario Tech University is proud to play a supportive role in the WAVE Project for autonomous vehicle (AV) maintenance through the university’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE). ACE is a regional technology development site, part of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN).

In addition to ACE’s Climatic Wind Tunnel, a real-world AV testing environment that mimics actual conditions anywhere in the world, Ontario Tech offers a number of academic programs that lead to careers in smart mobility, autonomous and electric vehicles including Canada’s only accredited automotive engineering program.

Autonomous vehicle technology: Facts and myths

While the first-ever experiments on self-driving vehicles took place nearly a century ago and ‘real’ AVs came around in the 1980s, research and innovation is quickly driving development forward. Understandably, with these advancements come all kinds of questions.

Ontario Tech University’s Dr. Justin Gammage, Industry Liaison Specialist in the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation answers some of today’s top questions when it comes to autonomous vehicles.


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