Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA – Erwin Hymer Group North America announced it has become the first OEM in Canada to be approved as a participant in the Government of Ontario’s Automated Vehicle Pilot Program.
Erwin Hymer Group North America along with the University of Waterloo were the first two participants approved for the program which allows the company to test autonomous vehicles on public roads. The status also means that Erwin Hymer Group North America is very likely the first RV manufacturer in the world with a government permit for testing automated vehicles, the release stated.
Having Erwin Hymer Group North America and the University of Waterloo together for this program is a perfect fit, as Erwin Hymer Group North America, formally Roadtrek Motorhomes, has always been known for its leading edge technologies in the field of recreational vehicles and the University of Waterloo is home to world changing research and innovation and thrives on inspired teaching, the release continued.
“We have always had a great relationship with our community and the Universities in our area, so it is an honor to be able to share this with the University of Waterloo,” says Howard Stratton, COO for Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. “We have been excitingly working on an Autonomous recreational vehicle and to be recognized for our work and dedication to technology is a huge stepping stone to allow us to take the vehicle to the next steps, to build and demonstrate the first autonomous recreational vehicle in the world.”
The Ministry of Transportation will be holding a press event on Nov. 28, at the Region of Waterloo test track to formally announce Erwin Hymer Group North America and the University of Waterloo as participants into the program and show off the vehicles currently being worked on.
“As a company, we never stop developing new, groundbreaking technologies and innovations that leave the old way of thinking and building an RV completely behind,” states Jim Hammill, president and CEO of Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. “With the addition of Joel Adams, director of engineering and innovation to our team we have been able to go further into technology developments leading to new innovations including the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle is the perfect addition to our existing innovative line-up featuring the industry leading and best-selling EcoTrek and VoltStart technologies.”
SOURCE: Erwin Hymer Group North America press release