Premier Kathleen Wynne will be in Stratford Wednesday for what’s being described as a “landmark announcement” about the city’s role in developing autonomous vehicles.
A self-driving vehicle is expected to drive around Stratford city hall and Market Square as part of the news conference that will be attended by politicians and academic and industry leaders.
The province announced in April that Stratford will be Ontario’s demonstration hub for autonomous vehicles.
Stratford is part of an $80 million autonomous vehicle innovation network revealed in the provincial budget.
Six centres will develop the technology for autonomous and “connected” vehicles — those with internet access — that will be tested in Stratford.
The city of Stratford, the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association, Ontario Centres of Excellence and Invest Stratford will join the premier in announcing the initiative.
Local companies will display technology for connected and autonomous vehicles at the news conference.