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 Expert Panel, chaired by Jeannette Montufar, FCAE, held its first Panel meeting June 17 to 18 in Ottawa. Panel members heard from the sponsor, reached a common understanding of the question, and decided on next steps. Over the coming months, the Panel will guide CCA staff in the evidence gathering process.