Facility will be led by University of Toronto AI and machine perception researcher, Raquel Urtasun.
State regulators also approved 48 people as backup drivers who must sit behind the wheel in case the prototype cars malfunction.
Companies standing up to the president’s executive order include Apple, Google, Uber, Starbucks and Ford.
The ride-hailing company is refusing to obey demands by the state’s DMV to stop picking up passengers in self-driving cars.
The ride sharing app’s drivers will be able to lease Toyota vehicles with money earned from their driving.
A trained driver remains behind the wheel for now.
Automakers are reinventing themselves as mobility firms due to pressure from agile tech firms like Apple and Uber.
The Trudeau Liberals committed $7.3 million over two years to improve motor vehicle safety in the 2016 Federal Budget.
Automaker will increase investment in technologies, such as one-button parking assistance and to help braking in heavy traffic.
Report citing unidentified sources says target ship date is 2019.
Uber Advanced Technologies Center will also focus on mapping and safety technologies in support of its ride-hailing mission.