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Manitoba Gauging Feedback on Testing Automated Vehicles

August 25, 2021 9:16 AM | News


Automated Self-Driving Vehicle

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is looking for feedback on testing automated vehicles on public roads.

Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says legislation introduced last year allows the province to safely test such technology.

“Enabling developers to test emerging vehicle technologies will support Manitoba’s economy and technology development sectors to advance opportunities for Manitoba-based businesses,” said Schuler.

Trial organizations will need to demonstrate that they meet a range of conditions to secure a testing permit, including but not limited to safety requirements, cybersecurity best practices, and operating conditions including speed limits, time of day, road location, weather and traffic conditions.

Schuler says organizations will also be responsible for carrying liability insurance policies, ensuring Manitoba Public Insurance and ratepayers are protected from any financial risks posed by the technology.

Feedback will be accepted until September 14 at EngageMB.ca. A 45-day public consultation will also be undertaken on the new regulation when available, through the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal.