Automated vehicle technology will be tested in rural Victoria this year in the first on-road trial approved under the new Automated Driving System permit scheme.
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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.