AVIN at Communitech

AVIN (The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network) is an Ontario provincial program designed to help companies test, develop and deploy products and services related to autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

Autonomous vehicles and HD mapping

Its six Regional Technology Development Sites (RTDS) allow companies to develop, prototype, and validate new technologies, access specialized equipment and obtain business and technical advice. With a focus on high-definition (HD) mapping and localization, Waterloo Region is one of these sites.

Through AVIN at Communitech, Ontario-based companies can:

  • Access funds to develop new CAV products and technologies in the HD mapping space.
  • Access to specialized equipment, hardware, and software to prototype, test and validate technologies.
  • Access business and technical advisory services to assist in commercialization.
  • Find and access data.
  • Connect you to other Regional Technology Development Sites of interest.

AVIN at Communitech: Use Cases

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EatSleepRide: Using AI to create safer riding routes for motorcyclists
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Korechi Innovations: Agri-robots take on the tedious tasks
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Ribbit: Using HD Mapping to transform existing aircraft into autonomous vehicles


Access the platform

OpenHDMaps is an innovative, non-proprietary platform for compiling the richest, most complete HD mapping dataset. It provides Ontario-based companies with an opportunity to engage with the autonomous vehicle ecosystem. Continuous improvements of HD mapping datasets are made through a cooperative, community-based process, and new data is continually shared by participating organizations.

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AVIN Waterloo Ventures at Communitech 

Thank you for your interest in the AVIN Waterloo Ventures at Communitech. The applications for our programs have closed.

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Meet the companies paving the way for the future of autonomous vehicles 

    Data Concierge

    Find data to support your HD mapping product by contacting Communitech’s Data Concierge.

    Access the Data Concierge

    Access mentorship to help solve your data challenges

    Our Data Growth Coaches will work directly with you to determine how your business can get the maximum benefit from open or proprietary data.  

    Data Growth Coaches

    TalentEdge Internship Program

    Tap into world-class talent coming out of Ontario's publicly-funded post-secondary institutions to strengthen the capacity of your team to develop new products, services and processes in the digital economy.

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      Communitech is here to help

      Connect with us to:

      Mauro Rossi

      Have questions?

      Mauro Rossi is happy to help.

      Director, Advanced Technology Platforms | Email Mauro Rossi or call +1 (519) 888-9944

      The AVIN Network of Regional Technology Development Sites offer a wide range of supports to help you develop, prototype and validate new technologies, as well as access specialized equipment (hardware and software).

      Thanks to the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) for funding this Regional Technology Development Site, delivered on behalf of the Government of Ontario through OCI, enabling OpenHDMapping to launch.