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Autonomous Vehicle Testing To Take Place At The Safety Village

Monday March 4th, 2019, 10:30am


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An innovative partnership will see autonomous vehicle testing take place at Windsor’s Safety Village.

Optimotive Technologies Inc, the first autonomous vehicle startup in the region, will conduct on-site data collection using a small-scale autonomous vehicle at The Safety Village.

IRIS 2, Optimotive’s currently-in-development prototype vehicle, will soon cruise the Village streets to test out its proprietary, autonomous technology designed to guide vehicles in inclement and adverse weather conditions.

“Winters storms, heavy rain,  and other severe weather conditions are a major obstacle for current autonomous vehicle technology. We are designing solutions to keep vehicles safely on the road as they navigate some of the most challenging environments that drivers face. Our technology will integrate with autonomous and other vehicles to assist when the roadlines are not visible. As people in the Rose City know, Windsor sees all the wild weather.” says Scott M. Fairley, Founder and CEO of Optimotive.

“We are grateful for this partnership with The Safety Village. It will provide us with the perfect test site to study the performance of our technology.”

The Safety Village in east Windsor features a scaled-down series of streets, buildings, crosswalks and intersections designed to teach road safety and injury prevention in an interactive and safe environment.  The village teaches safety education programs aim to acclimatize young people to their surroundings as early as possible.

“We’re very pleased with this opportunity to engage a local startup. How we keep our streets safe in the not-so-distant future is absolutely relevant to what we do here,” said Melissa Lauzon, Executive Director of The Safety Village.


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