Ottawa L5 houses two testing tracks, one that’s public, and another that’s private. The public track is located in Kanata North and offers a 9km testing environment that takes CAVs through public roads so that researchers can see how they react in a live city infrastructure. The private track is located in the Bayview Yards and is 16km long. As the track is within a fenced and gated facility, it’s ideal for pre-commercial development, testing, demonstrations, and validation purposes.
One factor that makes the Ottawa tracks stand out from others are the extreme temperatures that come through, which allows researchers to get a better understanding of how the technology reacts in environments where it can drop below -40 degrees Celsius.
Although CAVs are not fully anonymous yet, with automation levels defined on a scale of one to five, Ottawa L5 is dedicated to a futuristic vision in which they are, with its very name reflecting this.