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Windsor takes steering wheel to drive vehicle innovation

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The University of Windsor is a partner in one of six Regional Technology Development Sites across Ontario as part of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) project, building on the province’s position as a globally-leading automotive manufacturing jurisdiction to reinforce its role as a leader in transformative automotive technologies, as well as transportation systems and supporting infrastructure.

Ontario Centres of Excellence announced Tuesday that the Southwestern Ontario Region, focusing on vehicle cybersecurity and cross-border technologies, will receive up to $5 million over the next five years to support small and medium sized enterprises in developing and validating new technologies, accessing specialized equipment, and obtaining technical and business advice.

“Long-term success in the global economy requires leading in the disruptive technologies that are revolutionizing the way we live, work and travel,” said Steven Del Duca, minister of economic development and growth. “That’s what the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network does — it weaves together Ontario’s unique talents in automotive, high-tech and advanced manufacturing.”

The University is proud to partner with the Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation and others in the region to fuel the evolution of smart mobility solutions, said Heather Pratt, executive director for research and development in the Office of Research and Innovation Services.

“This is a way to leverage expertise in a number of fields to advance efficiencies in transportation and related infrastructure,” she said. “It will help to secure our place in the emerging industries of the future.”