First Autonomous Vehicle to Hit Victorian Roads

Acting Victorian Premier, Jacinta Allan today announced that Bosch has been awarded $2.3 million from the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Trial Grants Program and granted the state’s first Automated Driving System (ADS) permit for on-road testing of highly automated driving systems.

Allan says, “Victoria is leading the nation in the future of on-road technology and this trial is an exciting step towards driverless vehicles hitting the road.”

In an effort to curb an alarming road death toll, Allan says the initiative will be another way the government can improve road safety and save lives.

German electronics and engineering firm Bosch has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the Victorian government to put the first driverless car on the state’s roads, following the passing of legislation last year enabling the initiative.

Bosch’s driverless car is expected to hit rural roads in the middle of this year. The trial will initially target rural Victorian roads where drivers are five times as likely to be killed in a crash than in metropolitan areas.

Allan added that other grant recipients will be announced “soon” to trial a range of different autonomous and connected vehicle technologies in a variety of different road and weather conditions.

The $9 million CAV Trial Grants Program is funded through the Labor Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan.

Source: https: premier.vic.gov.au – First Automated Vehicle To Hit The Road

24 Jan 2019