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EV/AV Report: Big tests, bigger data

Toronto, Ontario — In today’s EV/AV report, Tesla applies for a Canadian telecoms license, the first Honda CR-V Hybrids roll off Ontarian assembly lines and details for the world’s largest autonomous vehicle (AV) test are announced. This is the latest in electric and autonomous vehicles.

Wider Web
Tesla has applied for a basic telecoms license with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), a prerequisite for companies seeking to become telecommunication resellers in Canada.

Rather than planning to expand into the cell phone market, this appears to be an attempt by the OEM to improve the connectivity of Tesla vehicles.

While the application states that the license is intended to improve OEM data collection and infotainment, these networks may also improve driving assistance functions such as pothole-detecting suspensions.

“Tesla does not, and does not intend to, own or operate transmission facilities in Canada,” stated the application.

Made in Canada
Canada’s first Honda 2023 CR-V Hybrids are rolling off the assembly lines in Alliston, Ont., the fruits of an investment push by the province to promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Ontario

During an official launch event, Honda Canada CEO, Jean Mark Leclerc told building staff that building hybrids is a “logical step in our strategy that will also prepare our manufacturing facilities and our associates for the eventual shift to EV production.”

“We like to build things in Canada. We like to build a vehicle as important as it is for us for Canadians by Canadians,” said Leclerc, in an interview with CTV News Barrie.

According to a press release by Honda Canada, multiple plants in North America began production on Oct. 25.

On your Mark

The world’s largest AV test will begin next week, with three OEMs to and multiple universities deploying 100 autonomous vehicles on Tennessee’s Interstate 24 highway.

According to an article by Teslarati, Vanderblit University and several other universities will be working with Nissan, Toyota and General Motors to observe the effects of traffic speeds and whether AVs can limit “human-caused traffic jams,” the stop-and-go traffic that most drivers and passengers are no doubt familiar with.

If successful, this study will provide valuable data on the individual operations of autonomous vehicles in a crowd, and how they interact with other drivers.

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