Oz read­ies for self-drive trucks

Bill to al­low ‘real-life’ test­ing of the tech­nol­ogy

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SOUTH Aus­tralia’s Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Stephen Mul­lighan an­nounced he would in­tro­duce a bill al­low­ing for “real-life” test­ing of the tech­nol­ogy, po­si­tion­ing the state at the fore­front of an in­dus­try pro­jected to be worth $90 bil­lion (R1,26 tril­lion) in­ter­na­tion­ally by 2030.

Prime Mover mag­a­zine quotes Mul­li­gan as say­ing: “We are on the cusp of the big­gest ad­vance in mo­tor­ing since the since the Model T opened up car own­er­ship to the masses.

“In July, when we an­nounced that South Aus­tralia would host the first tri­als of driver­less cars in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, we sent a mes­sage to the world that our state is open for busi­ness.

“South Aus­tralia is now po­si­tioned to be­come a key player in this emerg­ing in­dus­try and by lead­ing the charge, we are open­ing up count­less new op­por­tu­ni­ties for our busi­nesses and our econ­omy.”

The Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles (Tri­als of Automotive Tech­nolo­gies) Amend­ment Bill will pro­vide for ex­emp­tions from ex­ist­ing laws to al­low tri­als of au­to­mated ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy on public roads. “As the first state in Aus­tralia to reg­u­late a frame­work for such test­ing, we are open­ing our doors to global busi­nesses to de­velop and trial their tech­nolo­gies here, while also cre­at­ing the right en­vi­ron­ment for lo­cal busi­nesses to grow and flour­ish,” Mul­lighan said.

Mel­bourne-based ARRB Group con­grat­u­lated Mul­lighan on his foray, say­ing it aligned with the group’s vi­sion to ac­cel­er­ate the safe and suc­cess­ful in­tro­duc­tion of driver­less ve­hi­cles onto Aus­tralian roads.

ARRB will be run­ning the first ever demon­stra­tion of driver­less ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy on public roads in the South­ern Hemi­sphere in Novem­ber as part of the Aus­tralian Driver­less Ve­hi­cle Ini­tia­tive (ADVI).

“Whilst these tri­als from Novem­ber 7-8 on Ade­laide’s South­ern Ex­press­way do not re­quire the leg­isla­tive change as the roads will be closed, it is an im­por­tant step for Aus­tralia to al­low au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles to be tri­alled on public roads in South Aus­tralia,” ARRB com­mented, with man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ger­ard Wal­dron adding that au­to­mated ve­hi­cles are far from science fic­tion, but rather a short-term re­al­ity that Aus­tralia needs to be pre­pared for.

“The ad­vent of driver­less ve­hi­cles is an op­por­tu­nity to foster tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and re­vive Aus­tralia’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try — the South Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment has been quick to recog­nise this,” he said.

“ARRB will es­tab­lish how driver­less tech­nol­ogy needs to be man­u­fac­tured and in­tro­duced for uniquely Aus­tralian driv­ing be­hav­iour, our cli­mate and road con­di­tions, in­clud­ing what this means for Aus­tralia’s na­tional road in­fra­struc­ture, mark­ings, sur­faces and road­side sig­nage.”

Mul­lighan added the new leg­is­la­tion would pro­vide for safe­guards for the public and would also re­quire ad­vance warn­ing of ev­ery trial.


Good news for trucks as clever as Mater, South Aus­tralia plans to host the first tri­als of driver­less trucks in the South­ern Hemi­sphere from Novem­ber 7-8.

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