New report urges the government to clear the way for the roll out of electric AVs in Victoria
A new report from Infrastructure Australia indicates cities such as Melbourne could experience great benefit from zero-emission, self-driving and shared transport. The report requested by the Victorian government illustrates the benefits, impacts and challenges faced in a future of electric and autonomous vehicles (AVs).
Infrastructure Victoria asks the government to clear the way for the roll out of driverless and zero emissions vehicles to reap “unprecedented benefits for the economy, community and environment”.
“Our advice and 17 key recommendations seek to help Victoria navigate through the inherent challenges and uncertainties that new technology brings, while maximising the benefits and minimising the risks associated with its introduction,” the report says.
The recommendations include updating roads, rethinking the road space, planning and managing the transition, boosting information and communication technology (ICT), future proofing, and integrating new transport options.
The report also suggests significant investment will be required to fully maximise potential. This includes up to $1.7 billion to upgrade mobile networks, around $250 million for improved road line markings, and at least $2.2 billion for energy network upgrades.
“While significant, these investments should be viewed in the context of the potential benefits of automated and zero emissions vehicles,” the report adds.
The report says a fleet comprising entirely zero emissions vehicles could remove about 27 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria in 2046 and deliver $706 million in health benefits to Victorians in the same year.
The report also suggests AVs could improve Victoria’s road network efficiency by up to 91%, and boost economic growth by up to $15 billion in 2046.
“Automated vehicles offer reduced congestion, faster travel times, safer roads, improved access to services and a stronger economy.”
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Source: Massive benefits from electric AVs – report
23 Oct 2018