2nd March, 2018 · Vehicle Technology Policy

Automated Road Vehicles

Issue

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has identified regulatory barriers for the provision of automated vehicles into Australia and in November 2016 transport Ministers agreed to a phased reform program so that conditionally automated vehicles can operate safely and legally on Australian roads by 2020, and highly and fully automated vehicles from 2020. The NTC is charged with delivering the roadmap for reform.

Background

The roadmap for reform involves a number of 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.

Completed projects include automated vehicle trial guidelines and national enforcement guidelines that clarify regulatory concepts of control and proper control for different levels of automation.

Current projects to be completed in 2018 include: development of a safety assurance regime for 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.

Key Points

  • The regulatory landscape for automated vehicles is being developed by the NTC complementing other research and projects undertaken by Austroads, road agencies and other organisations.
  • The NTC is charged with delivering a roadmap for reform by 2020 with a number projects to be completed in 2018.
  • In October 2017, the NTC released a discussion paper entitled ‘Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles’ and feedback will be used to develop reform options for the Transport and Infrastructure meeting in May 2018.

Status

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.