The province of Quebec has announced plans to roll out self-drive taxis in urban areas.
The province has said that self-driven vehicles will be on the road in all but “limited” cases, and that “the technology that drives them will be fully transparent.”
This means that drivers won’t have to use their own smartphones to communicate with each other, nor will they need to know their destination.
According to Quebec’s transportation minister, the province is also planning to roll-out autonomous vehicles in residential areas.
A province that already has a history of developing innovative solutions to urban problems is going to be able to pull it off in a much more elegant way.
The province has already started experimenting with self-parking, and a recent study found that drivers were twice as likely to take the opportunity to park.
Self-driving cars are already a reality in a handful of European countries, including Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
It’s also on the way in Canada.
A few years ago, Uber and Lyft had to close their self-raced cab service after a passenger was hit by a vehicle that had driven through a self-cab on the London-Cambridge Bridge.
It was only the third fatal crash for Uber and a few months later, Lyft was forced to shut down.
Now, the self-employed taxi driver who was struck by the car on London Bridge is suing Uber and the company for damages.
According a CBC News report, the driver claims he was “left completely helpless and unprotected.”
Uber is appealing the ruling, but has already said that it would like to see more regulations in the future.
The company has also started using drones for its fleet, which could make it much easier for it to monitor and take control of the vehicles.