MONTRÉAL – FPInnovations is participating in a project to develop and create an electric autonomous shuttle, adapted to Canadian winter conditions. The research institute is working in collaboration with Motrec International Inc., Technoparc Montréal, ABB Inc., and Ericsson Canada Inc. on this venture.

FPInnovations says the project will tackle the various challenges and needs relating to electric and smart mobility and will contribute toward the development of the electric vehicle sector as well as toward supporting the Grappe industrielle des véhicules électriques et intelligents (Industrial Cluster for Electric and Smart Vehicles).

Vision, object recognition, artificial intelligence and navigation systems, as well as vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-user and vehicle-to-infrastructure telecommunication systems will be integrated into the vehicle in addition to battery management and automatic recharging.

FPInnovations believes this collaboration has the necessary global and local expertise to design, develop, produce, and market this shuttle.

The first series of shuttles will be implemented at Technoparc Montréal before being integrated into the public transit network. Technoparc Montréal will be the first demonstration site.

“As a leader in the field of innovation, we are pleased to bring together stakeholders from various sectors around an innovative, international, made-in-Québec project and, in this way, contribute toward reducing the risks associated with innovation for each stakeholder, while contributing to Québec’s economy,” says Pierre Lapointe, president and CEO, FPInnovations.

FPInnovations specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness.