1st November, 2018 · Vehicle Technology Policy

Automated Road Vehicles

AADA Position

The AADA believes the introduction of automated road 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 the removal of the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) and reconsideration of applicable vehicle tariff levels.

The AADA will continue engage with the NTC concerning the circumstances in which Government agencies can access and use data generated by automated vehicles.

Background

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.

Projects to be completed in 2018 include the development of a safety assurance regime for the safe commercial deployment of vehicles at all levels of automation; changing driving laws to support automated vehicles; automated vehicle exemption powers and compulsory third insurance review; and regulatory access to C-ITS and automated vehicle data.

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.