The Ontario Research Fund (ORF) supported Green ITS research program was developed in direct response to increasing environmental and safety concerns within the global automotive industry. Green ITS brings together industry partners from across the automotive, transportation, and energy supply chains as well as researchers from both the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto to optimize the design and development of key intelligent electric vehicle enabling technologies. They are also investigating the feasibility of critical battery-charging infrastructure, electric highways with in-transit charging systems, as well as the impact of vehicle electrification on the electricity grid and power distribution.
With the potential for low-to-zero emissions and extremely high fuel efficiency, electric vehicle technologies are the leading contender to displace existing gasoline-powered propulsion systems. Current industry forecasts suggest widespread adoption of these technologies is inevitable, but will have enormous technological impacts as every level of the automotive supply chain must develop new methods of designing and manufacturing the vehicles themselves and find ways to implement appropriate infrastructure to support them. The Green ITS program will ensure Canadian companies remain at the leading edge of the technological shift toward development and integration of green propulsion systems.
In addition, significant advances in vehicle intelligence will be required not only to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but to improve both vehicle safety and traffic management. Advanced driver assistance systems and wireless vehicle communication, which will warn drivers of dangerous road and traffic conditions and provide them with the quickest, safest driving routes based on real-time information, will greatly improve the efficiency and safety of road transportation systems.
The primary objective of the Green ITS research program is to develop leading-edge solutions to technological obstacles currently standing in the way of widespread adoption of intelligent electric vehicles. With significant support from the Ontario Research Fund ($8M) and our industry partners ($8m), researchers from the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and various Canadian automotive companies are working closely to optimize the design and development of key electric vehicle enabling technologies. They are also investigating the feasibility of critical battery-charging infrastructure, electric highways with in-transit charging systems, as well as the impact of vehicle electrification on the electricity grid and power distribution.
Leveraging Ontario's considerable strengths in automotive research, wireless communications, and software engineering, the Green ITS initiative aligns perfectly with the rapidly emerging green, high-tech automotive industry currently taking hold of North America. Due in large part to the collaborative nature of the program, it is highly anticipated that the technological discoveries developed through the Green ITS program will directly enhance the ability of Canadian automotive companies to compete globally on innovation within a new transportation paradigm.