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Everything you should know about Tesla’s expansion in Canada

Although many praise Tesla for their eco-friendly and very technologized cars, others are a bit disappointed by the entire experience of driving one. No, it’s not a magical experience as many would expect, but rather an experience similar to driving a regular car. Nevertheless, Tesla is putting great efforts into improving their vehicles and the driver’s experience, as they are putting great efforts into expanding to new areas, including in Canada. But let’s discuss more the entire experience provided by driving a Tesla, first and the technology behind it.

The company’s representatives claim that the main goal of the company is to create the feeling of a regular vehicle, without the environmental downsides of doing so. This, by many, is an accomplished goal. And this becomes obvious especially when the consumer takes the car on the highway. The lack of noise while driving a Tesla may be one of the most surprising things. Thus, if you want to fill the lack of noise and avoid a much too silent drive, roll down the windows and let the noise of the road fill your silent Tesla. Also, another surprising feature that these cars have is their ability to detect the presence of the key in their proximity. And while they do so, the vehicle automatically starts, being ready to go once you hop in the car. Driving at regular speed might indeed offer a regular driving experience, but if you want to be surprised by it, simply floor it once in a while. This is where cutting edge technology can be easily noticed. It’s like having a turbo boost car beneath you, and this comes as a surprise from a rather chill and almost normal vehicle.

Sure, the car also has a luxurious and futuristic feeling, and it may be a bit pricier for the regular Canadian citizen. After all, the Model S sells at a 100,000 $ price in Canada, which is not something everybody can afford. But if you do, you may want to test drive this vehicle as soon as possible. The larger SUV Model X is even pricier, somewhere around 125,000 $.

Still, Tesla is putting great efforts and work into making their vehicle available to a larger audience in Canada. Currently with eight dealerships across Canada, with the latest opened in Oakville, Tesla seems to have big expansion plans here. There appeared hundreds of so-called “destination charging” setups and 22 super-fast “superchargers” across the country, able to deliver 270 kilometers of range in 30 minutes. There are also chargers that Tesla owners can use at certain hotels and various other locations, making it possible for the company to reach more Canadian consumers than it previously was. Although the electric charging stations across the country are not as many as the normal, gas stations are, the Model S from Tesla has an autonomy level of 539 km. This should be more than enough for consumers to reach their destinations freely. But there’s a downside of the charging network: between Ontario and Alberta, there are no charging stations. So, a Canadian road trip may not be advisable for the Canadian consumer.

Technologies | Transportation services

Intelligent transportation systems in Canada  

Canada is going through a revolution in transportation. New and enhanced technologies have been integrated into the transportation infrastructure to make it not only safer but also more efficient. These emerging technologies bear the name of beneficial intelligent transport systems (ITS). What the intelligent transport systems do is bring together users, cars, automobiles, and infrastructure into one unified system. And ensure that Canada continues to be the best place to live in the world. All means of transportation, including road, rail, marine, and air, are moving towards the application of intelligent transportation systems.

Safety – an ever-increasing problem

Canada’s transportation system is one of the nation’s greatest realizations, extending long distances between cities and major towns, agricultural areas, and natural resource extraction sites. In spite of this fact, the transportation system faces significant challenges. Vehicles are smarter and smarter, but it seems that this does not move people and goods in a safe manner. According to statistics, the number of fatalities has gone up, accounting for many deaths. The problem is not necessarily the congestion in the transportation system, but the continued growth. Other factors worth mentioning are the fiscal reality and the limited budgets.

The role played by Transport Canada

The good news is that Transport Canada does not neglect safety. In fact, it is their top priority. For years, Transport Canada has pushed for the introduction of intelligent transport systems and have supported testing, research, and development of ITS. The cutting-edge technologies that are presently used in Canada are used in very few parts of the world. The technology that serves the public is by Transport Canada as well as other important departments. What is sure is that the government is open to suggestions coming from provinces and private companies providing intelligent transports solutions.

Intelligent transportation systems in Canada

The term intelligent transport system is a hard one to define, yet not impossible. An intelligent transport system is an advanced transportation system that offers innovative services relating to various means of transport and traffic management, playing an important role in public safety, mobility, and efficiency. Examples of ITS in Canada include:

  • Advanced traveler information systems – This type of ITS puts into action computer communication, and information technologies to provide information to the user of the vehicle, facilitating decision-making. The intelligent transportation system supports many categories of drivers and travelers. Information takes the form of message signs.
  • Computational technologies – These are advanced technologies that gather special, temporal, and thematic data. The operational systems are installed in transportation vehicles to solve complex problems.
  • Electronic toll collection – This type of ITC uses passive radio frequency identification technology in order to collect tolls electronically. Electronic toll collection has the potential to increase the mobility of the public transportation system in Canada.

Montréal carries intelligent transportation systems

A great example of an urban area that has adopted intelligent transportation systems in Montréal. The city sees a lot of traffic, so the ITC only benefits the current conditions.  The telecommunications network includes advanced technologies like variable message signs, incident detection systems, and much more.