Drafting of autonomous vehicle driving laws begins

Ministers have begun drafting laws that will govern autonomous vehicles (AVs) on Australian roads.

The National Transport Commission has announced national laws will be in place by 2020, ensuring a “legal entity” is responsible for the actions of AVs.

The new laws are guided by the NTC’s 2017-18 consultation paper, which chief executive Paul Retter says will give manufacturers and operators reassurance in trialling vehicle systems in Australia.

“Without a change to existing laws or new law, there would be no-one to hold responsible for compliance with our road rules when an automated driving system is in control of a vehicle,” he says.

“With automated vehicles, there will be times when an ‘automated driving system’, rather than a human, will be in control of the vehicle,” Retter explains.

“We need a nationally consistent law to know who is in control of a motor vehicle at any point in time.”

NTC says transport ministers have agreed to a purpose-built legal framework and a “uniformed approach across all states and territories” when it comes to overseeing the liability of AV systems.

“This is a considerable change to national road transport laws, to support the significant changes we see coming in transport technology,” Retter adds.

At this stage, proposed safety criteria for self-certification by manufacturers and other organisations will require a ‘Statement of Compliance’ with 11 points of consideration.

Those points include a “human machine interface”, “cybersecurity”, and “on-road behavioural competency”.

Submissions on the Safety Assurance for Automated Driving Systems: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement close on July 9

Source Article from Auto Talk here

1 Jun 2018

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