With its new strategy and commercial operating model, Invest Ottawa has attracted more than $29 million in public funding and private investments as of April 2021, and established a growing pipeline of commercial projects for connected and automated vehicles, smart mobility, smart city technology and other industry innovation.
The organization is leveraging this investment to continually grow its team, operations and impact. To date, Area X.0 has supported 146 firms, supporting the development and launch of 19 new products and prototypes related to automated vehicles, road safety, drones, precision agriculture, and defence.
Automated vehicles are poised to revolutionize how people live, work and move in their communities. But as technologies evolve, testing and validation will be critical to ensuring safe implementation. The private Area X.0 ‘living lab’ in Ottawa has over 16 kilometers of paved, sensor-enabled roads to detect surface conditions and analyze and predict traffic flows.