It is the first integrated, end-to-end CAV test environment of its kind in North America.
Testing and validation are critical to the safe implementation of CAVs and mobility solutions, and other innovations that are revolutionizing transportation. Area X.O is your trusted partner in this goal.
We enable the development, testing, validation, demonstration, and implementation of cutting-edge mobility solutions. Today, we are the only International Alliance for Mobility Testing and Standardization (IAMTS) affiliate in Canada.
Area X.O offers:
- One of the most advanced communication test infrastructures in the world with many GPS (RTK) systems, Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), 4G / LTE, WiFi, LoRa and pre-commercial 5G (including mmWave) from Nokia and Ericsson and satellite communications systems
- Band 14, spectrum that’s reserved for first responders; this enables a host of public safety….
Area X.O is a second home to CAV leaders like BlackBerry QNX, AutonomouStuff (a Hexagon Company), Aurrigo and Easy Mile. Hear why they have chosen us as their trusted CAV innovation partner:
“Autonomous vehicles and the Smart Cities they drive in will only reach their full potential if the industry comes together to address future potholes that will come from a lack of cybersecurity and data privacy. Area X.O provides the perfect forum to help address these challenges and ensure that the technologies that will drive our shared autonomous future are both safe and secure.”
John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS), BlackBerry
On October 12, 2017, BlackBerry QNX partnered with Invest Ottawa, the City of Ottawa, Novatel, and Cohda Wireless to become the first municipality in Canada to launch testing of an on-street automated vehicle (AV) communicating with live City infrastructure.
“We decided to expand into Ottawa because of its unique strengths in connected autonomous vehicle technology, particularly at Area X.O. The confluence of autonomous engineering talent and high-tech connected infrastructure will aid our mission to enable, accelerate and deploy the future of autonomy. We are testing one of our leading global demonstration platforms at this facility. The combination of connected testing infrastructure and collaboration with highly experienced partners will accelerate the deployment of our autonomous technology across the globe.”
Bobby Hambrick, Chief Autonomous Officer, Hexagon | AutonomouStuff
“Our partnership with Invest Ottawa and engagement with Area X.O (formerly the Ottawa L5) the is an exciting development following our decision to open business and technological operations in Ottawa a year ago. The ability for Aurrigo to test and validate our autonomous control system (ACS) and our self-driving pods in four-season conditions is of vital importance to our global growth strategy.”
David Keene, CEO of Aurrigo
“With the future of transportation at our doorstep, we are excited to be a part of the first Area X.O (formerly the L5) innovative autonomous shuttle trial hosted by Invest Ottawa. Being a local SME, we are proud to see the boundaries of first and last mile transit reimagined right in our backyard. With such innovative technology, the AutoGuardian solution aims to bring awareness to pedestrians by alerting them to the presence of an oncoming shuttle, helping to make safer roads for all.”
Tenille Houston, Chief Executive Officer, AutoGuardian by SmartCone
“Ottawa is a really unique city that has a lot of expertise in automotive software development. It’s very special. It’s fronted by Blackberry QNX, and it’s grown because of a wave of startups that are all focused on automotive interior software. There are a lot of unique niche firms that specialize in this sector, alongside Area X.O. It makes it a very attractive place for companies to come up North. There’s no other place in the world that we could have accomplished what we wanted for this vehicle with his short time frame and allotted budget.”
Sean Hazaray, Former Mobility Division Head, Karma Automotive
“Today stands as a proud moment in our continued partnership with Area X.O as we witness autonomous vehicle projects powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud come to life. The innovative applications supported by Microsoft “for Startups coming out of this facility continue to attract top tier talent and have far-reaching benefits to Canada’s competitiveness and leadership in this space, as well as the future of transportation and mobility as a whole.”
Lisa Carroll, public sector lead, Microsoft Canada
“FourD Robotics™ has been engaged with Invest Ottawa for several years and actively have resided at Area X.O for a few months. This facility offers a unique range of capabilities that significantly increases the quality of autonomous vehicle integration and testing. Leveraging Area X.O and Ottawa’s tech expertise, we have established new business collaborations and opportunities that would have previously been unlikely.”
Jeremy James, President & CTO, FourD Robotics™
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