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speedometerUWindsor professors Peter Frise and Bill Van Heyst make the case for public investment in research to drive growth in the Canadian auto industry in an opinion piece published Monday. Photograph courtesy of Pexels.

Automobility program to advance industry innovation: professors

Canada’s research community must join in the response to competition from abroad for the country’s auto industry, UWindsor engineering researchers Peter Frise and Bill Van Heyst argue in an opinion piece published Monday in the Hill Times.

Based in Ottawa, the news outlet covers the federal government and national political issues.

The University’s new research program in Automobility-CASE centres on Connected, Autonomous, Secure, and Electric vehicle development.

“The role of research should be to improve the lives of Canadians and, in the context of the new paradigm of automobility, that means placing Canada at the forefront of developments in future mobility,” the professors write.

“Working together with our industry partners, the new Automobility-CASE program will continue the tradition of Canadian innovation that has made Canada an automaking nation for more than a century.”

Dr. Frise developed Canada’s first university program in automotive engineering in 1998 and the AUTO21 NCE in 2001. Dr. Van Heyst is the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and a professor in environmental engineering.

Read their entire commentary, “From evolution to revolution: automobility at the heart of University of Windsor,” in the Hill Times.