The AADA believes the introduction of automated passenger vehicles promises to be of potentially great benefit to consumers in terms of greater safety, economy and convenience. The Australian government should support the testing and introduction of such vehicles through appropriate infrastructure spending, the standardisation of road signage and other regulatory changes. It should also encourage their uptake by the buying public through a reshaping of the Automotive Taxation System towards usage-based payment.
New car Dealers will likely have an important educational role, as the primary interface between the consumer and their new automated vehicles. The AADA will continue to work with Austroads and other bodies to ensure the development of consistent approaches and support for this role.
The AADA will continue engage with the NTC concerning the circumstances in which Government agencies can access and use data generated by automated vehicles.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) has identified several regulatory barriers to the introduction of automated vehicles into Australia. In November 2016, State Transport Ministers agreed to a phased reform program so that conditionally automated vehicles can operate safely and legally on Australian roads before 2020, and highly and fully automated vehicles from 2020. The NTC is charged with delivering the roadmap for reform.
The roadmap for reform involves several individual projects and the NTC’s overall goal is to have end-to-end regulation in place by 2020 to support the safe, commercial deployment of automated vehicles at all levels of automation from SAE Level 0 to 5.
Already completed projects include automated vehicle trial guidelines and national enforcement guidelines, which clarify regulatory concepts of control and proper control for different levels of automation.
In 2018 the NTC released a discussion paper on the insurance issues related to automated vehicles, as well as a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) Safety Assurance for Automated Driving Systems. The RIS outlined a recommended approach on first supply that relies on mandatory self-certification that relies on the existing vehicle certification framework.
The regulatory framework for the safe commercial deployment of automated vehicles is being developed with regulation to be in place by 2020. AADA will engage with the NTC concerning the circumstances in which Government agencies can access and use data generated by automated vehicles as part of a Cooperative- Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS).