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