Ottawa L5 Testing Facilities

Drive your CAV technology to the next level


Ottawa L5

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) are poised to revolutionize not only transportation but the way people live and work throughout the world. As technology, auto and transportation leaders around the world continue to evolve for a CAV-driven future, the testing and validation of CAV technologies is critical to ensuring the safe implementation of CAV innovations.

The Ottawa L5 test facilities offers world-class integrated testing grounds for the safe implementation of CAVs. On site, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) testing, validation and demonstration of technologies are enabled on both public and private test tracks, in Ottawa’s true four-season climate. The Ottawa L5 testing facilities are equipped with GPS (RTK), dedicated short range communications (DSRC), Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE and 5G telecommunications and networking infrastructure, making it the first integrated CAV test environment of its kind in North America.


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Aurrigo is a leader in first and last mile autonomous technology. The ability for us to test and validate our autonomous control system (ACS) and our self-driving pods in four-season conditions is of vital importance to our global growth strategy. Ottawa’s L5 testing facilities address all of our testing needs with unique capabilities, such as vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity including 5G from Ericsson and Nokia.

David Keene
CEO of Aurrigo

Ottawa’s L5 CAV facilities will enable us to accelerate our AV testing and overall work to develop safe and secure autonomous vehicle technologies. Having the ability to do four season testing in all weather conditions within a miniature city environment is absolutely critical to the development, commercialization and adoption of new AV technologies. With the new site, BlackBerry will be able to push the limits of our technology in a safe, controlled environment and further refine our broad portfolio of automotive software solutions.

Grant Courville
VP Product Management and Strategy of BlackBerry QNX


Ottawa L5 private test facility, located on the National Capital Commission (NCC) Research Farm, is an 1,866 acre, completely fenced and gated private facility. The largest secure test facility for CAVs in Canada, the facility is equipped to be a proving ground for the safe and rapid pre-commercial development and advancement of CAV technologies.

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A flyover of the NCC Greenbelt Research Farm, where the Ottawa L5 CAV Private Test Track is located.



  • Secure/fenced/gated 1,866-acre plot of land
  • Smart traffic intersections
  • 16 KM of paved road
  • Pedestrian cross walk
  • One-way traffic lane
  • Bike lanes
  • Left turn lane
  • Stop signs
  • Parking lot
  • Street lights
  • Speed bump


  • High definition cameras
  • Sensors for temperature, humidity, barometer, pressure, wind, motion, acoustics
  • Road pavement temperature for icy conditions
  • Private cellular network provisioned for the entire site
  • Leading communications infrastructure: DSRC, GPS-RTK, LTE/4G, Wi-Fi and 5G
  • HD map (Baidu Apollo) of the entire site


Ottawa L5 public test facility, located in Kanata North Technology Park, the largest technology park in Canada, provides the CAV test environment on public roads and with live city infrastructure.

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BlackBerry QNX AV demonstration on the Ottawa L5 CAV Public Test Track, October 2017.



  • 9 KM of paved public roads
  • 5 traffic lights enabled with DSRC
  • GPS-RTK, 4G-LTE and 5G for V2I, V2V, V2P and V2N
  • 9 Pedestrian cross walks
  • 5 Cameras and sensors suite


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Challenge: AV/CV operations in inclement weather

Solution: Ottawa, with its distinct four seasons, provides particularly ideal inclement weather conditions, such as snow, ice, fog and high winds, for CAVs to be tested in.

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Challenge: Detection of cybersecurity threats

Solution: Ottawa L5 network infrastructure promotes a multi-layered approach to identifying and analyzing cybersecurity threats to CAVs through a multi-level and controlled test environment.

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Challenge: Interoperability, data collection and analytics

Solution: Ottawa L5’s platform collects data from their sources (sensors, cars, cameras, etc.) and makes proprietary tools available for data analytics in real time for a plethora of use cases. The L5’s platform facilitates interoperability between different applications and data silos by adopting standardized interfaces and communication protocols.

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Challenge: Connectivity

Solution: Ottawa L5 facilities offer V2X connectivity for the validation of a variety of communication use cases, including Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (city) (V2I), and Vehicle-to-Network (V2N). The L5 test facilities also provide accurate and precise location information via GPS technology and sensors, thereby facilitating safe path maneuver testing for hidden objects.


The Ottawa L5’s state-of-the-art and multi-tier test environment is capable of validating a wide range use cases throughout the continuum of AV/CV technology development.

Our offerings include:

  • Conceptual and feasibility testing
  • Component and integration testing
  • Controlled system testing
  • Controlled public road testing
  • Real public road environment

Applications include:

  • Autonomous trucks
  • Shared autonomous shuttles
  • CAVs for personal use
  • “Smart city” applications (e.g. intelligent transportation systems)
  • Startup CAV applications and technologies


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    Technical Services

  • Engineering and IT support services
  • Customized CAV test and validation services
  • ‘CAV starter kit’ to expedite test bed integration (radios, SIM card)
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    Logistical Services

  • On-site Ottawa L5 team support
  • Project definition and fit up services
  • Demonstration and visitor centre
  • Test equipment and vehicle storage
  • On-site office spaces
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    Entrepreneur Program

  • Co-location work spaces
  • Education and business advisory services
  • Investor introductions
  • Networking and events
  • Public relations support
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    Foreign Investment

  • Soft landing services
  • Research and talent development
  • Client matchmaking
  • Networking and events


Founding Partners

Blackberry | QNX


Juniper Networks




Research Partners

Algonquin College

Carleton University

La Cite

University of Ottawa

Technology Partners

Canal Geomatics | Terris GPS


Cohda Wireless


MH Corbin


Hexagon | Novatel

Ecosystem Partners


Kanata North Business Association

The Ottawa L5 is an AVIN hub made possible thanks to the support of

To learn more about Ottawa L5's capabilities, services, partnership opportunities, and how we can help advance your CAV technology, please get in touch.