Virtual Panel Discussion on Non-Passenger Connected & Autonomous Vehicles

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Join us for a virtual panel discussion on non-passenger connected & autonomous vehicles (CAVs)

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Significant advances have been made in industrial and service vehicle automation, and the economic benefits and technological and social impacts may well result in their broad deployment before passenger Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).

In this virtual panel discussion, we'll explore the critical areas of CAV technology and its application with non-passenger vehicles. Non-passenger vehicles include service vehicles for parcel delivery, garbage pick-ups, snowplows, etc.


  • 11.00am-11.05am: Introduction and Overview , By Dr. Peter Taillon
  • 11.05am-11.10am: Speaker Introductions, By Barrie Kirk, Uwe Müller & Martin Abadi
  • 11.10am-11.45am: Speaker Presentations, with Slide Deck, By Barrie Kirk, Uwe Müller & Martin Abadi11.
  • 11.45am-12.00pm: Question and answer, General Discussion

Dr. Peter Taillon, Senior Data Analyst with ICTC's Digital Think Tank, will be moderating.

Our distinguished panel consists of:

Barrie Kirk, Executive Director, CAVCOE

Barrie Kirk, P.Eng. is the Executive Director of CAVCOE (formerly the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence). He is a well-known consultant, speaker and broadcaster on connected and automated vehicles and has advised many public and private sector organizations on planning for the CAV era. His other roles include the CEO of the Canadian Automated Snow Plow Initiative (CASPI), and the organizing committee for the CAV Canada virtual 2020 conference. He has worked in the technology industries in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

Presentation Title: Canadian Ecosystem for Non-Passenger Automated Vehicles

Uwe Müller, Sales & Marketing Lead for off-road at Volvo Autonomous Solutions

Uwe Müller is the Sales & Marketing Lead for off-road at Volvo Autonomous Solutions, part of Volvo Group. He is a specialist in automation and the electrification of construction equipment, with extensive experience in innovation engineering to create solutions for a sustainable future. Prior to his role at VAS, which was formed at the beginning of 2020, he has been a part of Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) since 2006. There he has led several research projects developing new technologies, concept machines and site systems. This includes his role as the chief project manager for the breakthrough study Electric Site in partnership with Swedish Energy Agency, customer Skanska and research partners Linköping and Mälardalen University.

Presentation Title: From proof of concept to industrialization of an autonomous transport solution

Martin Abadi, Counsel – Emerging technologies in transportation, BLG

Martin Abadi is counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, the largest Canadian law firm, where he maintains a disputes and regulatory practice. His clients include leading companies in a broad range of industries such as entertainment and media, insurance, transportation, construction, emerging technologies, gig-and-sharing economy, and international supply chain logistics. Martin advises clients on commercial and insurance disputes, torts, product liability, and transport regulatory matters. Martin is a member of the firm’s AV Group and his practice specifically comprises regulatory compliance and risk management of automation, robotics, and driverless vehicles, including industrial application of these technologies.

Presentation Title: Legal Considerations for Industrial Uses of Autonomous Vehicles.

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