Project Arrow, the country’s first electric autonomous, web-connected vehicle made entirely with Canadian technology and parts, is on a tour of the country and made the Communitech innovation hub in downtown Kitchener one of its first stops.
Mark Stoddart, chief technology officer and executive vice president for marketing Linamar, was on hand to talk about his own company’s contributions to Project Arrow and to hail the transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles as “the biggest thing that has happened since Henry Ford.”
Project Arrow was organized by Flavio Volpe, the head of the Automobile Parts Manufacturers Association, in response to a challenge from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the auto sector: design for a carbon-neutral or net-zero economy by 2025.
Volpe managed to bring together Canadian companies that donated millions of dollars in parts, as well as research and design expertise, to the creation of Project Arrow, which is billed as an “advanced, working prototype” and serves as an example of Canada’s manufacturing capabilities.
Of the initial 534 companies that bid to be part of Project Arrow, the list was trimmed down to 34 companies which could demonstrate scalable technology that would be ready for 2025.