The introduction of automation into commercial and passenger vehicles is an exciting development in urban transportation. By assisting the human component in driving with vehicle automation, conventional wisdom is that traffic safety will improve, there will be greater access to mobility for those who do not or cannot drive, and efficiencies in the transportation network will be realized through improved traffic management.

The City’s Transportation Services Division is currently implementing its 3-Year Automated Vehicles Work Plan which will direct the City’s staff to further investigate the role automated vehicles will play within the transportation system. This Work Plan will help the City’s various divisions prepare for automated vehicles and prepare for the changes that may arise with the deployment of these vehicles in Toronto.

Disclaimer: The City of Toronto does not have an official policy or position on automated/autonomous vehicles.