Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles
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The purpose of this project is to develop legislative reform options to:
- clarify the application of current driver and driving laws to automated vehicles
- establish legal obligations for automated driving system (ADS) entities.
In early October 2017, we released a discussion paper seeking feedback from transport agencies, police, industry, and other interested parties on how Australian governments should amend driver laws to facilitate the introduction of automated vehicles.
The paper raises 14 questions relating to current driver laws. The key question is:
- should driving laws change to allow an automated driving system (ADS) to drive—rather than a human—and ensure that an entity is responsible for the actions of the vehicle when the ADS is driving?
The NTC sought feedback on options to reform laws to achieve this and other issues that arise if the ADS is legally permitted to drive.
Consultation closed on Friday 24 November 2017.
Feedback from consultation will be used to develop reform options for the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in May 2018.