Autonomous Vehicle Applied Research (AVAR)

Based at Durham College, Autonomous Vehicle Applied Research (AVAR) is an applied research initiative focused on supporting innovative companies within the emerging autonomous vehicle sector. In May 2019, Durham College (DC) celebrated its one-year anniversary of being a partner with the Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE)’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), along with Ontario Tech University and Spark Centre.

Durham Region is one of the six Regional Technology Development Sites (RTDS) in Ontario and has been selected to enable Ontario-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) develop, prototype, and validate new technologies, access specialized equipment, and obtain business as well as technical advice. The Region’s focus revolves around the Human Machine Interface (HMI) and the user experience, showcasing how humans will be able to augment the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vehicles (AV). The Durham RTDS provides business advisory services that will support the development of start-ups, connect entrepreneurs to investors, and support entrepreneurs to optimize their business models.


Office of Research Services, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Durham College – Oshawa Campus
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
L1G 0C5

Areas of Expertise

Connected and autonomous vehicles
Artificial intelligence
Human Machine Interface (HMI)


Process R&D
Product R&D

Contact Information



Twitter: @DC_AVAR

Published: September 25, 2021

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