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FPInnovations receives $2M funding for forest truck automation project

March 26, 2024  By CFI Staff

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The Quebec government has allocated $2 million over three years to FPInnovations for advancing a project aimed at automating truck operations in the forestry sector. This initiative, announced by Minister Maïté Blanchette Vézina during a visit to FPInnovations’ Quebec City premises, seeks to modernize forest operations and address the shortage of skilled drivers.

The project focuses on automating platoon trucks on low-traffic forest roads, connecting multiple vehicles using connectivity technology and automated driving assistance systems. Successful Phase 1 trials concluded in 2023, with Phase 2 set to continue until 2025, involving regulatory compliance updates and controlled driverless trials.

Additionally, the government has renewed its support for FPInnovations’ National Collaborative Research Program and Automated Silviculture Initiative, with a total funding of $9 million over five years. These initiatives aim to address Quebec’s forestry industry needs and promote innovation in wood products, forest operations, and related areas.

FPInnovations, a key player in Canadian forestry research, collaborates with technological partner Forterra on this platooning truck project, with the goal of enhancing industry competitiveness and sustainability in remote regions.


This funding underscores Quebec’s commitment to driving innovation and modernization in the forestry sector, aiming to bolster economic prosperity and environmental sustainability in the province.

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