Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA), aiming to showcase the country’s supplier community and technology capabilities, unveiled an advanced connected vehicle Wednesday at its annual conference in Windsor, Ontario.
The concept — a 2014 Lexus RX350 crossover — features production-ready software from 13 companies with operations in the province. The on-board technology featured in the concept includes hand gesture recognition, an alcohol sensor, and a fleet communication system.
APMA partnered with Ottawa-based software maker QNX, which already works with Tier-1 suppliers and automakers, and the University of Waterloo to create an operating platform to showcase the vehicle’s technology. Its being billed as a “mobile incubator of evolving connected vehicle technologies” for “faster data delivery, interactivity and safety,” a spokesperson for APMA said.
Steve Rodgers from APMA said, after the conference, that the main goal of the connected car is “to secure business for Ontario suppliers and create manufacturing and engineering jobs in Canada.” He went on to add that along with connected-car technologies, APMA plans to develop a self-driving vehicle.
“Down the road, as we look forward, we’d like to continue to evolve toward doing an autonomous vehicle.”