A report commissioned by the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative has predicted that the driverless vehicle industry will provide Australia with a major productivity boost and a range of new employment opportunities.
A new $10 million fund dedicated to expanding trials of driverless vehicles will forms part of the New South Wales Budget, ensuring that the State keeps up with the moving pace of technology.
National Transport Commission Chief Executive Paul Retter said a new national law, due to be in place by 2020, would bring certainty to manufacturers and operators looking to bring more automated vehicle technology to Australia.
As part of a three-year partnership with French autonomous vehicle technology firm EasyMile, The University of Melbourne has launched an autonomous mini shuttle bus with open platform technology.
Transurban, Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services have partnered to launch the on-road trial, beginning this week and ending in September.