A Canadian Senate committee has warned that the country is “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to the future of self-driving cars, and that it needs to get organised “if it wants to avoid trouble ahead”.
The St Albert Gazette says the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communication released its Driving Change study on automated and connected vehicles and warned that “Canada is ill-prepared for the fast approaching future of transportation.”
“There is an urgent need for all three levels of government to start planning for the arrival of these technologies in order to address concerns and to ensure that Canadians realise the full potential of automated and connected vehicles,” it quotes the committee, which was chaired by Sen. David Tkachuk.
It says that St. Albert’s Paul Godsmark, co-founder of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence and a contributor to the Senate committee’s report warned that many people don’t realise how close these technologies are to hitting the road.
“We’re not ready in that we haven’t put regulations and legislation into place across most of Canada to test this technology, let alone operate it,” he said.