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 was developing national guidelines for on-road trials of automated vehicles in Australia.
The Guidelines for trials of automated vehicles in Australia were approved by transport ministers in May 2017 after an intensive six month project.
States and territories are now able to implement the guidelines for trials taking place in their jurisdictions.
The accompanying policy paper provides further information and summarises the responses we received from consultation. The guidelines will be reviewed every two years.
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.
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