Canada’s Autonomous Vehicle Startups: Innovating Transport Frontiers in the Great North

January 5, 2024

The Canadian startup landscape is renowned for its progressiveness and innovative approach. A significant section of this landscape is defined by dynamic startups that are pushing the boundaries in the realm of Autonomous Vehicles. This article highlights a range of startups, with their inception in 2020 and later, that are making significant strides in this category.

Autonomous vehicles utilize a variety of techniques to detect their surroundings, such as radar, laser light, GPS, odometry, and computer vision. These technologies can be broadly integrated across different industries leading to innovative solutions, from swarm farming in agriculture to artificial intelligence-driven transport.

In the modern-day context, autonomous vehicles have taken a leap ahead from being associated primarily with self-driving cars to developing deep symbiotic relationships with innovative industries. Our article will walk you through some promising Canadian Startups operating in this fascinating field.

Barnstorm Agtech

Based in Senlac (Saskatchewan, Canada), Barnstorm Agtech is at the frontier of robotics-based farming innovation, providing an open platform for accurate and power efficient deployment of farm technology. Co-founded by seasoned entrepreneurs Mitchell London and Parker Wells, Barnstorm is making waves in Agriculture and Autonomous vehicles industry since its inception. Follow them on their Facebook and LinkedIn pages.


Ribbit, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario is an ambitious startup with its platform focusing on pilotless airlines. With co-founders Carl Pigeon and Jeremy Wang at the helm, Ribbit is working towards democratizing access to high-quality transportation. Follow them on Facebook and LinkedIn.


ZYMA, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, is determined to transform outlandish ideas into reality by blending cutting-edge technology with outside-the-box thinking. Founded by Ehsan Esmaeili, the company targets the media, entertainment, sports and autonomous vehicles industry. Follow their progress on their LinkedIn page.

Mobility Innovation Lab (MIL)

The Mobility Innovation Lab (MIL) is a pioneer startup in the transportation, automotive and autonomous vehicles industry. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, MIL was founded by Jaspal Singh and focuses on bridging the gap between innovative technology and city authorities through their platform, Mobility Innovators. For updates, follow their LinkedIn page.


Focused on AI and autonomous vehicles, Waabi is an AI company that commercializes driverless trucks based in Toronto, Ontario. Founded by Raquel Urtasun, Waabi is focused on unleashing the power of AI to enable driverless trucks to operate safely in real-world situations. Check out their LinkedIn page.


ContRoL, based in Hamilton, Ontario, is an academia-industry collaborative framework focused on training professionals for next-gen controlled release vehicles across different fields. They can be followed on their LinkedIn page.

Ladybug Robotics

Co-founded by Amirmasoud Ghasemi and Hani Eskandari, Ladybug Robotics is a Vancouver-based startup that helps circumvent manual human labor via the deployment of intelligent autonomous devices in farming applications. Keep up with Ladybug Robotics on their LinkedIn page.

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