State ticks driver­less car tri­als

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Driver­less ve­hi­cles can now be tri­alled across Vic­to­ria af­ter the State Govern­ment passed leg­is­la­tion in Par­lia­ment.

Un­der changes to the Road Safety Act, Vicroads will be able to grant per­mits to in­di­vid­u­als or or­gan­i­sa­tions want­ing to run on-road tri­als of au­to­mated ve­hi­cles.

Roads and Road Safety Min­is­ter Luke Don­nel­lan said the leg­is­la­tion would en­cour­age na­tional and in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try lead­ers to develop ex­cit­ing, emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy in Vic­to­ria – mean­ing more jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for Vic­to­ri­ans.

“Vic­to­ria is at the fore­front of au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy and th­ese changes will al­low our best and bright­est to con­tinue to drive trans­port in­no­va­tion,” he said.

“Au­to­mated ve­hi­cles are the fu­ture of road safety – that’s why we’re in­vest­ing in tri­als and giv­ing re­searchers bet­ter ac­cess to Vic­to­rian roads.”

Mr Don­nel­lan has also an­nounced a $9-mil­lion grant pro­gram for re­searchers and in­dus­try, as part of the To­wards Zero Road Strat­egy and Ac­tion Plan.

Th­ese grants will sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of ve­hi­cles with con­nected and au­to­mated tech­nol­ogy and safety fea­tures.

Mr Don­nel­lan said au­to­mated ve­hi­cles would be a game-changer for Vic­to­rian roads – ini­tially re­duc­ing and ul­ti­mately elim­i­nat­ing hu­man driver er­ror.

Un­der the new laws, all driver­less ve­hi­cle tri­als will re­quire a hu­man su­per­vi­sor to mon­i­tor the ve­hi­cle from ei­ther in­side or out­side the ve­hi­cle.

Once it has been es­tab­lished a ve­hi­cle can drive safely, this con­di­tion might be re­moved to al­low the ve­hi­cle to drive in au­to­mated mode in lim­ited cir­cum­stances with­out a su­per­vi­sor.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.