The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) supports projects that develop the next-generation of mobility and transportation technologies for Canadians. These advancements help grow the low-carbon and "smart" technology eco-system in the country, leading to job growth and economic development over the long-term.
CUTRIC's work generates solutions that decrease fuel consumption, reduce emissions, eliminate redundancies, reduce congestion, improve the quality of life for Canadians, advance the digital integration of low-cost mobility solutions for communities across Canada, increase road safety and reduce road accidents. CUTRIC supports the technologies required for a 21st century low-carbon economy.
To make Canada a global leader in low-carbon smart mobility technologies across heavy-duty and light-duty platforms, including advanced transit, transportation, and integrated mobility applications.
To support the commercialization of technologies through industry-led collaborative research, development, demonstration, and integration (RDD&I) projects that bring innovative design to Canada’s low-carbon smart mobility eco-system.
CUTRIC's Pillars of Innovation
1. Zero- and low-emissions propulsion technologies and systems integration, including battery electric and hybrid electric propulsion technologies, hydrogen fuel cell electric propulsion technologies, compressed and renewable natural gas propulsion technologies (including hydrogen and natural gas fuel combinations), and dimethyl ether (DME) propulsion technologies, as well as grid-based “smart” management tools that balance electric fleet charging and/or hydrogen refuelling.
2. “Smart” vehicles and “smart” infrastructure technologies for autonomous and connected vehicles on roads and on rail (Intelligent Transportation Systems), including sensors, signals, and control systems that enable vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-X standardized and interoperable communications.
3. Big Data for mobility analytics and Mobility as a Service applications, including initiatives to optimize public and private fleets through the use of descriptive, analytic, and predictive data assessment, and the integration of artificially intelligent decision-making systems that guide fleet managers in real-time.
4. Cybersecurity in advanced mobility applications, securitization of low-carbon smart mobility systems, including secure communications for autonomous and connected vehicles given the susceptibility of new vehicle systems to malicious attack.