Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre (SCVIC)

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Research related to the connectivity, sustainability, and physical and cyber security of vehicles and networks.

Areas of expertise

The Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre (SCVIC) develops digital solutions to acquire sensory data collected from a connected and autonomous vehicle test bed in the laboratory and a network of connected vehicles moving around the city, and introduce artificial intelligence (AI) methodologies to analyze the sensory data in real time on a backend compute cluster.

A cost-effective experimentation and testing centre including collaboration-oriented space, the SCVIC serves as a catalyst and nucleus for connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) innovation and tech development.

The SCVIC combines innovative infrastructure with access to support and partnerships to accelerate research and commercialize intellectual property efficiently from a secure space.

The 4,000 square-foot centre features an indoor experimental autonomous vehicle (CAV) test bed with state-of-the-art computing infrastructure supporting CAV technologies such as wireless networks, IoT, mobile computing, cybersecurity, AI, signal processing, machine/deep learning for mobile systems, and cloud and fog systems, as well as a variety of drones, ground robots and self-driving car prototypes.

Research services
  • Vehicle sensor fusion models
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled communication protocols for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs)
  • AI-driven cybersecurity/cyber safety solutions for CAVs
  • 5G-enabled multi-access edge computing solutions
  • Decision support models for CAVs based on multimodal sensory data
  • UAV-assisted services including UAV-assisted communications
Sectors of application
  • Automotive
  • Defence and security industries
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Transportation
Quanser QCarsSelf-driving, scaled model car prototype designed for research.
Quanser QBot 2eOpen-architecture autonomous ground robot for robotics research.
Quanser QDronesMidsize autonomous quadrotor air vehicle for research.
Quanser Autonomous Vehicles Research Studio (AVRS)Indoor multi-vehicle research lab platform for rapid and de-risked experimentation of various autonomous vehicle/uncrewed aerial vehicle (AV/UAV), use cases involving communications, decision support and cybersecurity.
AVRS Ground Control StationTo deploy and control AV/UAV data from the indoor test bed.
Raven Vehicular Sensor ModulesSensor modules for real time data collection.
Exxact Valence GPU Workstations, Model VWS – 1690441GPU workstations to run advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) models.
Exxact Dual Root GPU Server, Model TS4 – 178672310High-end multi GPU server to train and test advanced AV/UAV vision models.
Exxact EMLI Container Deep Learning Software StackExxact Machine Learning Images (EMLI). AI/ML environment for accelerating advanced models.


  • Area X.O
  • BlackBerry
  • Canada Post
  • Ciena
  • Gnowit
  • Lytica
  • NetExperience
  • Quanser
  • Raven Connected
  • thinkRF
  • Wedge Networks
  • Wesley Clover
ThingsHappen podcast series, Episode 14: Innovating smart connected vehicles and cities.
Drones, bots and self-driving cars: How this new Kanata North innovation centre will help drive the future of autonomous vehicles.
Creating “water cooler moments” to drive connected car innovation in Kanata North.
uOttawa Kanata North ramping up smart connected vehicles innovation lab.
CAV Canada Panel: How Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) will impact society.