VANCOUVER – The Vancouver and Surrey joint-venture submission to Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge proposes an innovation called Smarter Together, which could see the construction of Canada’s first two collision-free corridors using autonomous vehicles.
The Smarter Together Challenge statement says their goal is to transform the region and the rest of Canada into a better place to live, grow and to get around.
“Surrey and Vancouver will implement Canada’s first two collision-free multi-modal transportation corridors, leveraging autonomous vehicles and smart technologies to demonstrate the path to safer, healthier, and more socially connected communities while reducing emissions, improving transportation efficiency, and enhancing livability in the face of rapid growth and traffic congestion,” the Smarter Together release said.
The joint-venture launched an online platform to encourage public engagement about the initiative.
In total, the site www.smartertogether.ca had more than 70,000 interactions from people.
Staff from both cities held face-to-face visits at local venues and engaged with businesses and residents to determine if mobility should be the focus.
The release stated more than 2,600 residents and businesses voted on ideas. Nearly 40 per cent of the ideas from residents and 50 per cent of the ideas from businesses related to mobility.
In January, Vancouver and Surrey teamed up to apply for the top prize of $50 million in Smart Cities project funding from Infrastructure Canada as part of the challenge.
The Smart Cities Challenge finalists will be announced this summer. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2019.