Ontario First Province in Canada to Allow Road Tests of Self-Driving Cars

Automated vehicles are coming to Canada.

Ontario will soon become the first province in Canada to allow road tests of self-driving cars, said Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca this week.

Road tests will become legal in January.

“For Ontario, the benefits of being part of automated vehicle innovation are clear,” Del Duca said at the University of Waterloo. “In order to compete, Ontario needs to be consistent with the approach of U.S. jursidictions.”

“We intend to be leaders in this disruptive technology,” added Brad Duguid, the province’s minister of economic development.

Several car companies are likely to want to test in Ontario based on interest in the US, where the likes of Tesla, BMW, and Google have been approved for road testing.