The automotive industry is experiencing a period of unprecedented change. Consumer preferences and trends toward efficiency, safety, and convenience are driving advancements in vehicle technologies, particularly in the area of connected and autonomous vehicles. These trends in advanced technologies, as well as shared mobility, will have a major impact on the future of transportation.
Connected and automated vehicles have the potential to enhance transportation safety, improve mobility choices, lower costs for users, and create new social and economic opportunities for Canadians. At the same time, in addition to resulting in job losses, they are likely to cause significant disruption to the manufacturing and transportation industries and raise important cybersecurity and privacy concerns.
The Sponsor: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
The Question: In light of the current trends affecting the evolution of connected and automated vehicle technologies and shared mobility, what impacts, opportunities, and challenges do these present for Canadian industry, governments, and Canadians more broadly?
The CCA’s Board of Directors has approved the assessment and background research is underway. The chair and expert panel members are being identified with guidance from the CCA’s Scientific Advisory Committee and input from the Academies ― the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. It is anticipated the final report will be released in 2020.