Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN)

Regional Technology Development Site - Automotive Centre of Excellence


Improving the quality of life through research, innovation and advancements in autonomous and transportation technology.

It's all happening at the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) research and testing facility at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the Eastern Ontario anchor location for the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN).

Together with our partners, we are developing the world's first cognitive wind tunnel to allow for never-before-done autonomous vehicle technologies testing and development.

The AVIN collaborative network at ACE, located at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, will generate:

  • Development of autonomous vehicle technologies.
  • Access to technologies and product development capabilities.
  • Creation of new autonomous vehicle products and services.
  • Collaboration with subject matter experts and researchers.
  • Advancements in technology that will improve services for our communities.

Why Partner with AVIN and ACE?

  • Unlock substantial funding opportunities.
  • Receive access to world-class test equipment, including simulated wireless environment.
  • Access electric vehicle charging/microgrid test bed.
  • Consult with subject matter experts and researchers.
  • Validate and certify autonomous vehicle software.
  • Interact with future professionals and experts in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology's global classroom.

What Can be Tested, Validated and Prototyped?

Technology integration:
  • user experience
  • media
  • integrated sensors
Vehicle interfaces:
  • bandwidth use
  • microgrid
  • communications
Prototype build:
  • software
  • electronics
  • physical components

About AVIN

AVIN builds upon Ontario’s position as a world-leading automotive manufacturing and supply jurisdiction in addition to the large cluster of information and communication technology companies operating in the province. Through resources such as research and development funding, talent development, technology acceleration, and demonstration grounds, AVIN provides a competitive advantage to Ontario-based C/AV companies, allowing Ontario to reinforce its position as a North American leader in transformative automotive, transportation and infrastructure system technologies. There are six Regional Technology Development Sites (RTDS) across Ontario. Visit the AVIN Hub to learn more.

About ACE

ACE will represent the anchor site for the Durham Region RTDS. ACE provides the tools and expertise to confidently develop, test and validate prototypes. Chambers and technology are available for climatic, structural durability and life-cycle testing. Facilities include one of the most advanced climatic wind tunnels on the planet. The wind tunnel simulates weather conditions, such as severe wind, humidity, snow, ice and desert heat, to measure the safety, durability and efficiency of prototypes. Additional chambers include a climatic four-post shaker, anechoic chamber with a multi-axis shaker table within, and two large climate chambers.

Submit your details below and we will contact you if your business qualifies for the AVIN program.