Ontario government considering changes to automated vehicle rules

The province is mulling a change in the rules regarding its 10 year automated vehicle pilot project to allow for driverless testing.

Currently, the testing of fully autonomous vehicles is only allowed with a driver behind the wheel, but the government is seeking public comment on a proposal to scrap that requirement.

The proposed changes also include allowing people to drive vehicles that are less than fully automated - capable of driving automatically in limited scenarios - once they are available for purchase.

Under a current pilot project, those vehicles are only allowed on Ontario roads for testing but the government wants to allow regular drivers to buy, register and operate those vehicles in the province.

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