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Designing a risk-based safety assurance regime that assesses the safety of applicant vehicles against agreed safety criteria.

Safety assurance system for automated vehicles

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Purpose

The purpose of this project is to design a risk-based safety assurance regime that assesses the safety of applicant vehicles against agreed safety criteria. This will provide a framework for safe commercial deployment of automated vehicles.

Next steps

We will release a discussion paper on the options for a safety assurance system in mid-2017. Feedback from the consultation will inform a proposed safety assurance system which will be presented to transport ministers at the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in November 2017.

Background

Our work in this area began in November 2015 after the Transport and Infrastructure Council asked us to identify regulatory barriers to safely introducing more automated road and rail vehicles in Australia.

In November 2016, the NTC released a policy paper, Regulatory reforms for automated road vehicles. This concluded a one year project to research the regulatory barriers and develop recommendations to support future reform.

Transport ministers approved all eight recommendations outlined in the policy paper and charged the NTC with delivering the recommended regulatory reform agenda. For more information, see Automated vehicles in Australia.

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Project Manager James Williams
Last Updated: 17/1/2017