Toronto has made a new year's resolution for safer streets, with councillors discussing expanding the city's automated speed enforcement (ASE) program. Piloted initially with just two cameras per ward (for a total of 50), the city is now considering adding 25 cameras throughout neighbourhoods. The original pilot was a success — researchers found a measurable reduction of speeds where cameras were installed. ASE is one part of the city's larger Vision Zero commitment, which also prompted a significant spend on 18 additional traffic law enforcement officers in the police service's 2022 budget.
You're not the only one looking out for your latest Amazon package — both the provincial and federal governments are closely monitoring the shipment of goods in the country. It turns out that in 2022, it's time to go back to school for commercial transportation. Ontario's Ministry of Transportation was taken to task in the annual Auditor General's report. The AG report highlights the need for more action and accountability, exposing the province's poor commercial trucking training rates. Inadequate training can translate into unsafe streets and highways – a more significant risk than late delivery.
At the federal level, Transport Canada is refining regulations related to the transportation of dangerous goods across the nation. Makes sense to us — pandemic panic shipments aside, the need to move goods across our vast country has never been more necessary. For the government, this starts with more comprehensive training and assessment to ensure drivers and transportation employees have consistent education to reduce risks throughout the supply chain, 70% of which is via roads, while air, rail and marine make up the rest of the transportation sector.
Transportation trends for the new year are always an exciting way to track how the industry is expected to grow. For 2022, that growth will be electric. Certainly not a surprise to anyone, the electric industry continues to expand — even the Kardashians are driving electric vehicles. The latest part of the puzzle? Electric charging infrastructure. Industry leaders have taken their proof of concept to market, which means that jurisdictions worldwide need to figure out how to keep EVs on the road. Commercial use of electric vehicles is rapidly growing, with medium and heavy-weight trucks reaping the savings from switching to electric power. Keeping batteries topped up is critical for delivery deadlines, requiring the development of a billion-dollar industry.
Proof that dogs are too good to us is a heart-warming story out of Vermont, where a Shiloh Shepherd named Tinsley led rescuers to her injured owner. Escaping the mangled truck post-crash, Tinsley braved the cold and traffic, forcing rescuers to chase her down an embankment that led to the seriously injured driver. Rescuers report that it would have been impossible to see him without Tinsley's guidance. It is anticipated that the driver will make a full recovery from the collision, which was reportedly caused by impaired driving — with Tinsley expecting extra treats for the rest of her life.
If you're mourning your BlackBerry on the heels of the tech giant's announcement that the phone service will end, don't fret. BlackBerry announced they are back at the 2022 Consumer Electronic Show, pivoting to the auto-tech industry with IVY, their Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform. Described as a type of artificial intelligence for your car, IVY makes data-based decisions to identify driver behaviour and dangerous conditions, "recommending vehicle safety features such as traction control, lane-keeping assist, or adaptive cruise control." While this move firmly positions the Canadian tech company in a rapidly evolving industry, it may not be enough to satiate legions of loyal BlackBerry followers.