Our funding program's objective is to make Canada a global leader in public transit, transportation and integrated mobility innovation by supporting industry-academic collaborations in alternative fuel systems, signalling and controls, materials lightweighting, Big Data and analytics solutions, and asset management strategies for next-generation transportation networks.
CUTRIC collaborative innovation projects will integrate private companies (manufacturers, start-ups, and small to mid-sized enterprises), transit operators, and academic research teams to develop next-generation Made-in-Canada technologies for global transportation networks. Projects will be located across Canada, concentrated initially in the country’s transportation manufacturing hubs in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia.
Collaborative innovation projects will range from a Technology Readiness (TRL) Level 1 (primary research stage) to Level 6 (demonstration stage), and they will relate to five research pillars identified by industry, transit, and academic stakeholders throughout 2015 consultations across the country.
Pillar 1 - Zero - and low-emissions propulsion technologies and system integration: This includes battery electric propulsion technologies, hydrogen fuel cell and hydrogen combustion propulsion technologies, compressed and renewable natural gas (CNG/RNG) propulsion technologies, and advanced low-emissions engine technologies that provide demonstrable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions.
Pillar 2 - Lightweight materials and processing technologies for lightweight vehicles: This includes composite materials, polymers, advanced metals, and multi-material designs.
Pillar 3 - Autonomous and connected vehicular and infrastructure technologies that support automation, autonomy and connectivity of vehicle systems on roads and rail: This includes sensors, signaling, and control systems.
Pillar 4 - “Big Data” and data-driven analytics solutions: This includes the support of fleet and network optimization for vehicles in mixed traffic, dedicated lanes, or specialized communities.
Pillar 5 - Cybersecurity technology solutions: This includes the support of vehicular and infrastructure securitization for electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, natural gas vehicles, and autonomous vehicles given the susceptibility of these vehicle systems and their charging/fueling supplies to new forms of malicious attack.
These themes were identified by private sector transportation and automotive industry stakeholders as well as transit systems and researchers who engaged in a series of structured consultation sessions held across Canada.