Vehicle Technology

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Automated Road Vehicles

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Automated rather than ‘driverless’ or ‘autonomous’ is the term used by the National Transport Commission (NTC) to recognise it is a spectrum of automation and the need to address different policy issues as we move along that spectrum. Vehicles with automated functions are already on our roads and one of the challenges facing Australia is to ensure that the regulatory framework for automated vehicles is nationally consistent, and harmonised with international standards and conventions so that the safety, environmental and mobility benefits can be realised.

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Data

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Telematics is an emerging technology in ‘connected’ passenger cars that can record data both within the car and remotely, including technical information about a vehicle’s operation, on-board diagnostic information, location information, external information, and in-cabin information. The Productivity Commission Inquiry Report ‘Data Availability and Use’ considered issues around consumer access to data held about themselves, which could include data collected by telematics devices. On 26 November 2017, the Australian government announced that it would introduce legislation in 2018 for a national Consumer Data Right.

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Vehicle Emissions

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In October 2015, the Australian Government established a Ministerial Forum to co-ordinate a whole-of-government approach to addressing emissions from motor vehicles. The quality of Australian fuel affects the quantity and type of emissions from motor vehicles. Australia is currently ranked 70th in the 2017 ‘Top 100’ world ranking of petrol quality (based on sulphur content). In January 2018, the Ministerial Forum released a draft regulation impact (RIS) statement with options to bring Australia’s fuel quality into line with international standards.

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