Canberra Plans Future Control Over Autonomous Vehicles
The Federal Government is planning to open a new Office of Future Transport Technologies to guide the a nation-wide development of the “policy, regulation and infrastructure” for autonomous vehicles.
The federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack told a Roads Australia event in Sydney that the office – which will be part of his department – will help ensure nationally-consistent regulations. McCormack said the office would collaborate with state governments, agencies and industry to ensure policies and transport infrastructure are ready to cope with new mobility technologies, like driverless cars.
He added: “The Australian future transport and mobility industry is expected to generate more than $16 billion in revenue by 2025. While representing an emerging business opportunity for the national economy, these technologies also have great potential to reduce the $27 billion cost of road crashes in Australia each year.”