Michigan and Ontario form smart-mobility pact

Michigan and the province of Ontario, Canada, will work together to find more energy-efficient and multimodal methods of shipping goods across their shared border, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday.

The two governments signed an agreement to turn their shared bridge and tunnel crossings into a testbed for new mobility technologies. Officials said the goal is to create a roadmap for easily implementing automated- and connected-vehicle pilot programs, which starts with analyzing data on traffic safety and congestion at the border…

The two governments first collaborated on an automated-vehicle pilot in 2017 that saw a pair of semi-autonomous vehicles drive back and forth across their border to see if automated vehicles could reduce gridlock around border crossings. Michigan also last year began to test unmanned, automated boats and drone programs throughout the Great Lakes through its Future Mobility office, with a goal of improving freight delivery.