The Federal Government has announced that it will open a new Office of Future Transport Technologies in an effort to guide the development of autonomous vehicles in Australia.
The Coalition has allocated $9.7 million for the new office, which will engage a range of stakeholders in the automotive industry and government bodies to improve road safety in autonomous vehicles.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack spoke to attendees at the Roads Australia event last week saying, “Getting Australians home sooner and safer is a core focus of our Government and the emergence of automated vehicles represents a significant opportunity to realise safety and productivity benefits while supporting Australian industry and innovation. The Australian future transport and mobility industry is expected to generate more than $16 billion in revenue by 2025.”
The announcement has been well received by the industry, transport and safety organisations.
The Minister also explained the need for State Governments to collaborate with the Office to ensure that automated vehicles are integrated safely into current and future infrastructure saying, “I expect the Office to collaborate across governments to ensure automated vehicles are safe, to consider future infrastructure needs, to make sure cyber security safeguards are in place, and to support Australian businesses taking advantage of new commercial opportunities.”
While there is no date in place for the Office’s launch, the Minister did say that activity in regards to its set up will increase over the coming months. We will keep you informed of the developments.