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Who we are

Smart Mobility Applied Research and Testing-Toronto (SmartTO) is one of seven regional technology development sites that are a part of the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN). We are Toronto's newest transportation and mobility hub led by York University in partnership with Centennial College. We empower startups and SMEs to develop, test and prototype advanced automotive technologies and smart mobility solutions through accessing our state of the-art equipment, innovative labs and research centres, world-renowned expertise, and concierge-style business advisory and technical services. We focus on Smart Materials and Light-weighting along with Smart Mobility, Connectivity and Reliability.

We can help you accelerate the development, testing, and commercialization of your technology or innovation.

What we offer

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State-of-the-art R&D Facilities 

R&D space with a full suite of technologies, test vehicles, specialized equipment, and technical support including access to Canada's largest on-site transportation training facility.

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Feasibility Studies/Optimal Design & Software

Access our experts and resources to test and develop your ideas with the latest tools and software on the market - from battery testing to software design.

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Living and Virtual Lab Testing Environment

Test your technology in real-world conditions by using the YorkU campus- Canada's 3rd largest university, as a Living and Virtual Lab.

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Workshops & Training 

Industry specific workshops and on-demand training on topics like Technology Commercialization and Technology Entrepreneurship.

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Concierge-Style Entrepreneurial Support

Customized business advisory services with top industry experts and peer-to-peer networking support

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Technology Accelerator & Incubator Programs

Learn how validate and become market-ready and, if you're ready, develop and execute your go-to-market strategy.

SmartTO unites two institutional powerhouses. Together, we are the hub for innovation in the automotive technology and smart mobility sector.

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SmartTO clients get access to the largest transportation training facility in Canada at Centennial College with exclusive use of test vehicles and specialized equipment for prototyping and validation. Our world-class research capability includes utilizing York University Keele Campus as a Living Lab, allowing testing of innovative technology in a real-life context. Clients also have access to York University's Campus Digital Twin, a complete digital replica of the university's Keele Campus that simulates pedestrian and vehicle mobility to test smart mobility solutions.

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Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network

SmartTO is one of seven regional technology development sites that are part of the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN). A key component of the Government of Ontario’s plan for positioning Ontario as a North American leader in developing emerging technologies and advanced manufacturing processes, OVIN harnesses Ontario’s regional strengths and capabilities and bridges its automotive and technology clusters to promote the development of Ontario-made electric vehicles, advanced automotive technologies, and smart mobility solutions. 

Latest News

Ontario Invests $1.5M in York University for Sustainable Transportation Technologies

Today, the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN), with support from the Ontario Government, announced $1.5 million in funding to York University and in partnership with Centennial College to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups in developing and testing innovative automotive technologies and smart mobility solutions.

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We are a Regional Technology Development Site that is proudly a part of the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) delivered on behalf of the Government of Ontario.

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