Automated vehicle trial guidelines
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Automated vehicles are likely to fundamentally change transport and society by improving road safety, freight productivity and network efficiency.
However, current regulations do not adequately support automated road vehicles. In November 2016, Australian transports ministers agreed to a phased reform program so that conditionally automated vehicles can operate safely and legally on our roads before 2020, and highly and fully automated vehicles from 2020.
We are implementing a roadmap of reform to prepare Australia for automated road vehicles. Phase one of this reform agenda is developing national guidelines for on-road trials of automated vehicles in Australia.
We released a discussion paper seeking feedback from manufacturers, technology providers, industry groups and road users on the development of national guidelines for automated vehicle trials.
- proposes key criteria for inclusion in the guidelines
- identifies key issues for supporting trials based on other Australian and international frameworks.
Consultation closed on Monday, 16 January 2017.
The following projects are also part of the roadmap of reform:
- clarify who is in control of a vehicle with different levels of driving automation
- develop a comprehensive performance-based safety assurance regime for increasingly automated vehicles
- remove regulatory barriers in Australian Road Rules and other transport laws that assume a human driver.