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Self-driving cars will be tested on Canadian roads in 2016

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Hey, Canadians -- you're not going to sit on the sidelines while the US experiments with self-driving cars. Ontario's Ministry of Transportation has approved autonomous vehicle testing in the province (the first in the country) starting on January 1st, 2016. It's not clear who'll be the first to trial robotic cars, but it won't be surprising if Google and big automakers are part of the mix. This is an important step forward, regardless of who shows up. Besides taking Canada a bit closer to hands-free transportation, the clearance also prevents at least some Canadian companies from heading south to test their self-driving tech. When there are nearly 100 related projects in Ontario alone, that's a pretty big deal.

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