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Tweaked legislation to move Victoria closer to driverless tests

Proposed changes to the Victorian Road Safety Act and Crimes Act will open the door for more advanced autonomous tests on public roads. Should the new amendments pass, self-driving test permit holders would be subject to the same legal obligations as human drivers under the current Road Safety Act and Crimes Act...

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Driverless car acceptance growing in Australia, but further community education needed
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Driverless car acceptance growing in Australia, but further community education needed

Before the first self-driving car has even gone to market, a new study suggests a significant proportion of buyers will be ready to make the leap into hands-free motoring. The research, carried out by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) - a venture coordinated by independent roads and transport research company ARRB Group - is described as "the first comprehensive national study" into the Australian commuter's views on driverless vehicles...


FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia
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FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia

Australian motor industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has come out in support of the ‘coordinated’ approach to the rollout of autonomous vehicle technology. The announcement comes after a report released by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), argued a coordinated government roadmap is required before the country adopts driverless vehicle technology...


Volvo ‘Drive Me London’ trial puts regular drivers in driverless cars
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Volvo ‘Drive Me London’ trial puts regular drivers in driverless cars

Swedish manufacturer Volvo has announced a new autonomous driving trial in the UK, called ‘Drive Me London’. Touted by the company as the UK’s “largest and most ambitious autonomous driving trial”, it's hoped that the Drive Me London program will help to speed up the introduction of driverless technology...


Volvo XC90 goes hands-free for Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative in Adelaide
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Volvo XC90 goes hands-free for Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative in Adelaide

A pair of new-generation Volvo XC90 SUVs were driven hands-free in Adelaide this week, marking an official first for driverless technology in the southern hemisphere. Although similar technology is now featured with Tesla’s Model S and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Volvo’s hands-off operation of its specially tweaked XC90s was thanks specifically to government cooperation - and the loan of one of its own technology experts, Dr Trent Victor, sent directly from its Sweden headquarters...


Driverless cars move closer as South Australia reviews new legislation
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Driverless cars move closer as South Australia reviews new legislation

South Australia has taken an important step to becoming one of the few regions in the world that allows autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads alongside regular human motorists. This month, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan introduced The Motor Vehicles (Trials of Automotive Technologies) Amendment Bill to the South Australian parliament, opening the door to an industry that experts project to be worth $90 billion in 15 years...


South Australia to host driverless car test from November
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South Australia to host driverless car test from November

Autonomous vehicle technology will take its first tentative steps into Australia in just a few months, with news this week that a test of driverless cars will soon kick off in South Australia. Techies and traffic safety campaigners have been forced to look on from distant sidelines as increasingly advanced self-driving cars take to public roads in Europe and the US, raising questions over just how far the futuristic vehicles are from appearing in Australia...