Automated vehicle trial guidelines

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Automated vehicles have the potential to improve road safety, productivity, mobility and environmental outcomes. To achieve these benefits, industry and governments must test automated vehicles in the real world, including how they interact with other road users and road environments.

Vehicles cannot legally operate in highly or fully automated driving mode on public roads due to existing legal barriers. Organisations who want to run automated vehicle trials require state and territory road transport agencies to provide permits or exemptions from these current rules.

Purpose of the guidelines

The guidelines have been developed by NTC and Austroads. They are intended to:

  • support nationally consistent conditions for automated vehicle trials in Australia
  • provide certainty and clarity to industry regarding expectations when trialling in Australia
  • help road transport agencies manage trials in their own state or territory as well as across state borders
  • establish minimum standards of safety
  • help assure the public that roads are being used safely
  • help raise awareness and acceptance of automated vehicles in the community.