Re­gional com­mu­ni­ties across New South Wales will have the chance to test an au­to­mated ve­hi­cle fol­low­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for a trial

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Re­gional com­mu­ni­ties across New South Wales will have the chance to test an au­to­mated ve­hi­cle fol­low­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for a trial.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment is cur­rently tri­alling the state’s first fully au­to­mated ve­hi­cle at New­ing­ton Ar­mory through the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Smart In­no­va­tion Cen­tre and In­dus­try part­ners, but in­tends to broaden its scope be­yond met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas.

“We want to test this tech­nol­ogy out­side of the Greater Syd­ney area so that our re­gional com­mu­ni­ties can be part of our fu­ture plan­ning when it comes to driver­less ve­hi­cles,” Min­is­ter for Roads, Mar­itime and Freight Melinda Pavey says.

“Coun­try peo­ple ac­count for only one third of the state’s pop­u­la­tion but trag­i­cally two thirds of all fa­tal­i­ties in NSW oc­cur in coun­try ar­eas. Cur­rently, 94 per cent of road ac­ci­dents re­sult from hu­man er­ror.

“Au­to­mated ve­hi­cles re­move the hu­man el­e­ment of driv­ing, which will help bring the road toll down to­wards zero.

“There’s still some way to go be­fore au­to­mated ve­hi­cles be­come com­mon place on our roads, but as a gov­ern­ment, we’re ex­plor­ing smarter sys­tems and tech­nol­o­gy­driven so­lu­tions”

Mem­ber for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire says it is im­por­tant to make sure re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, such as Wagga Wagga, have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence and re­alise the ben­e­fits au­to­mated ve­hi­cles can pro­vide.

“To­day, we drive our cars but the re­al­ity is, in the fu­ture our cars will drive us – we’re not there yet, but we need pre­pare for this change,” Maguire says. “We want to hear from the lead­ers in tech­nol­ogy, in­dus­try in­no­va­tors, lo­cal coun­cils, uni­ver­si­ties and com­mu­nity trans­port op­er­a­tors to ex­plore this ex­cit­ing area of tech­nol­ogy.”

More in­for­ma­tion on the trial can be found on the Smart In­no­va­tion Cen­tre web­site.

Above: The NSW Gov­ern­ment is broad­en­ing its au­to­mated ve­hi­cle tri­als to re­gional ar­eas

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