The Fast Lane to Smart Transportation

Fourth Instalment: Future of Transportation and Mobility Series

Date: November 4, 2021

Location: Virtual

Future of Transportation and Mobility Series

Held annually, The Future of Transportation and Mobility Series explores and promotes a variety of topics to help accelerate the future of connected and autonomous technology. The series — which features a new theme each year — is designed to engage decision-makers, industry, government, innovators and academia to explore opportunities affecting critical sectors of the economy in preparation for disruption in the transportation and mobility industries.

Fast Lane To Smart Transportation

The fourth instalment of FTMS explored the path to market for innovators in the connected/autonomous goods movement sector.

From insightful virtual keynotes and engaging panel discussions with entrepreneurs, government and academia, we can bolster progress for the future of connected and autonomous goods movement.

Event Partners

This event was co-hosted by Innovation Factory’s Centre for Integrated Transportation and Mobility (CITM), the Ontario Tech University (OTU), Spark Centre and Durham College.

The event was supported by the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN). OVIN brings together industry, academia, and governments to capitalize on the economic opportunities of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (C/AV) while supporting the province’s transportation systems and infrastructure in adapting to these emerging technologies.

Centre for Integrated Transportation and Mobility

The Centre for Integrated Transportation and Mobility (CITM) is a business accelerator dedicated to supporting electrified, connected and autonomous vehicle innovations from ideation to commercialization and scale-up; and driving market adoption and new intellectual properties as well as increased revenues, investment and jobs. Matching innovators with industry, business development and technical expertise, CITM helps them find product-market fit, pilot projects, strategic connections, and growth opportunities. CITM also offers exclusive R&D resources to test and validate innovations through leading-edge test environments, technology platforms, rich datasets, and specialized labs.

Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory is a not-for-profit business accelerator, serving as the catalyst for tech innovation in the greater Hamilton area since 2011. Innovation Factory provides business services, training and mentorship to help entrepreneurs with advanced manufacturing, clean tech, information tech, life science and social innovations to bring their ideas to market, increase revenues, leverage intellectual property, attract investment and create jobs.

Durham Regional Technology Development Site

Durham Regional Technology Development Site (DRTDS) is a consortium between Spark Centre, Ontario Tech University, Ontario Tech University’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) and Durham College that is part of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) administered by Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI). The Durham RTDS works with a host of industry partners to further the development and commercialization of new technologies that contribute to the Human Machine Interface (HMI) and User Experience for connected and autonomous vehicles. Specifically, the Durham RTDS focuses on the interaction of Connected and Automated Vehicles (C/AVs) with users and their surrounding communities, contributing to the adoption of Smart Mobility solutions that address current community challenges while preparing for mobility of the future.

Spark Centre

Spark Centre provides business and technical advisory services and resources to Ontario-based startups and small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with the aim of accelerating the development of human-machine interface (HMI) and user experience.

Durham College

Durham College is the premier post-secondary destination for students to succeed in a dynamic and supportive learning environment. Their graduates develop the professional and personal skills needed to realize meaningful careers and make a difference in the world.

Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech University is a modern, forwarding-thinking university. We advance the discovery and application of knowledge to accelerate economic growth, regional development and social innovation. Ontario Tech’s ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel is helping the Oshawa and Durham Region transition from a traditional automotive manufacturing base to one focused on engineering research and the promise of rapidly evolving advanced technologies like aerodynamics, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, vehicle electrification, and more.