NSW Government allocates $10 million for autonomous vehicle trails

The NSW Government is set to announce the allocation of $10 million in funding for the expansion of autonomous vehicle trials over the next four years.

To be announced in today’s state budget, the funding allocation will be monitored by Transport for NSW’s Smart Innovation Centre who is tasked with identifying relevant projects and partnerships.

Since September 2017, the NSW Government passed legislation that allowed for the trailling of autonomous vehicles.

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said autonomous vehicle technology is here and NSW must make sure it’s ready to embrace it.

“A decade ago things like Uber and smart watches seemed like something out of the Jetsons. Driverless cars might feel a bit like that today but the reality is they are already being built and tested around the world,” he said.

“Having a dedicated fund for trials will mean that government, universities, the private sector and startups can partner together to test and gain insights into how these technologies will shape our future cities and regions. Driverless vehicles are going to change the playing field and open up so many new opportunities to provide personalised transport services.”

19 Jun 2018