The introduction of automated vehicles into Australia requires rapid advances in a number of key policy areas. The potential benefits of this technology are vast: improved road safety outcomes,
increased mobility for an ageing population and people with a disability, as well as productivity and environmental efficiencies.
Australia sits ready to embrace this new technology but first we need to know that these vehicles are safe to use. To that end, Australia’s transport ministers have endorsed an ambitious roadmap of reform that will facilitate the introduction of more automated vehicles on our roads.
These guidelines represent the first step of the roadmap. Their purpose is to provide clarity to industry so that trials can take place across all states and territories.
Vehicle manufacturers, technology developers, governments and other agencies submitted feedback on these guidelines. This consultation highlighted the importance of national consistency to encourage investment and support cross-border trials. By developing a single and nationally-agreed set of guidelines, we want Australia to become a global testbed for automated vehicles.
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