Ontario Is Getting It Right With Cars Today, Closer to Xanadu
Ontario announced this week that it would be the first Canadian province to allow autonomous driving on its roads ( although maybe not autonomous Volts) and it would make insurance companies discount policies for owners who have winter tires.
The programs were announced Tuesday and Wednesday by the ministries of finance and transportation in the province.
Ontario would join a handful of U.S. states that allow autonomous cars, including California and Michigan, on its roads for testing. According to the statement announcing the program, companies developing autonomous cars can begin applying for permits next month.
The government is also offering an additional $500,000 CAD ($385,000 US) to its Ontario Centres of Excellence Connected Vehicle/Automated Vehicle Program. The provincial government has pledged more than $2 million already.
On the tire front, Quebec is the only province that requires winter tires be used everywhere in winter months. British Columbia requires winter tires or chains on certain roads in mountainous areas. Last year, the Colorado Legislature proposed making winter tires mandatory for Interstate 70 through the Rocky Mountains, but that bill was solidly defeated with breathless hyperbole.
“We might as well have a tire police,” said Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton …