The AVIN Technology Demonstration Zone, located in Stratford, Ontario, is a site where Ontario-based companies with connected and automated vehicle (C/AV) technologies can test, validate and showcase innovative products to potential customers and partners such as automotive suppliers manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in a controlled environment and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations using vehicle platforms such as city buses, fleet vehicles, and vehicles.
The Automotive Parts Manufacturer's Association (APMA) will operate the Demonstration Zone on behalf of AVIN. The Demonstration Zone will position Ontario as a globally-recognized C/AV and infrastructure jurisdiction.
The Demonstration Zone promotes a customer-centered and demand-driven approach to the commercialization of innovation in Ontario and provides Ontario-based companies with a competitive development option. These activities will also strengthen Canada as a region for foreign investment opportunities.
Initial vehicles at the Demonstration Zone will be showcasing connected vehicle and infrastructure technologies. Later, vehicles will have automated driving features and capabilities to showcase various types of technologies.
In addition to the vehicle fleet, the Demonstration Zone will leverage Stratford’s existing connected infrastructure comprised of ubiquitous Wi-Fi that covers the city’s entire 12-square kilometers that is reinforced by a high-speed broadband network and LTE.
- Demonstration of Ontario-made technologies that are transformative and commercially ready for application in the mass light-vehicle, transportation infrastructure, heavy vehicle, intelligent transportation systems ("ITS") and transit-supportive systems and vehicles;
- Activities, both technological and promotional, for Ontario-based SMEs to showcase technologies to current and potential customers; and
- Strengthen Ontario’s position as a globally recognized connected and autonomous vehicle (C/AV) and connected (smart) infrastructure jurisdiction.