October 13, 2015 11:44 am
Updated: October 13, 2015 12:18 pm

Ontario to allow testing of self-driving cars on provincial roads

In this May 13, 2015, file photo, Google's self-driving Lexus car drives along street during a demonstration at Google campus in Mountain View, Calif.

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WATERLOO, Ont. – Ontario will allow testing of self-driving cars on provincial roads starting next year, but only with a human operator who can take over in case of problems.

The government says the pilot project will allow companies to conduct research and development in Ontario, and help bring automated vehicles to market.

The self-driving vehicles are capable of detecting the surrounding environment using artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning systems.

The government says automated and connected-vehicle technologies can improve fuel efficiency and help reduce traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and driver distraction.

Toyota announced last week that it hopes to have a self-driving car on the road in Japan by 2020.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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