Keeping the Automated Driving System safe when it is on-road

Unlike a conventional vehicle, an automated vehicle will require an Automated Driving System Entity (ADSE) to support the safe operation of the automated driving system while it operates on Australian roads.

A new safety law, the AVSL, will make sure that the ADSE and other relevant parties can maintain this support, through a range of safety duties and other obligations under law.

What are the ADSE’s obligations for AV safety?

An ADSE will be responsible for ensuring the safety of its ADS over the ADS’s design life. This will occur through a general safety duty, which is supported by more detailed safety duties, prescriptive requirements, reporting obligations and information management requirements. 

You can find out more about these requirements in the papers Automated Driving System Entity in-service safety obligations, Safety management system for vehicles with an ADSRecalls of automated vehicles and Information management requirements.

A new regulator to oversee safety

The Australian Government will establish an in-service safety regulator to oversee the way ADSEs and other parties meet their safety obligations. 

The regulator will have a range of powers to make sure it can ensure compliance with safety laws, conduct investigations and assessments, and if necessary, enforce the law in the event of a breach.

The regulator will also establish and maintain an Automated Vehicle Register (paper) to ensure important information about AVs is available to the public.

For more information on powers and functions of the regulator, please see the supporting paper Regulator Powers and Functions.

Consumer information

Recognising the significant differences in how automated vehicles will function on our roads, we're looking into what information people may need to confidently buy and own a car with automated driving, or purchase services that rely on an automated vehicle.

Our paper on Consumer Information explores what information should be made available to help people make informed purchasing decisions, and whether we need new measures to prevent misleading marketing.

Remote operation

Remote operation can be used to support the safe and efficient operation of an Automated Driving System (ADS). However, remote operation can introduce additional risks that should be managed. 

We are exploring targeted measures to manage the risks of remote operation of a vehicle with an ADS, including the kinds of requirements that may need to be included in the AVSL. For more information, please see the paper on Remote operations of vehicles with an ADS.


 

Additional measures for repairers

Work performed on an Automated Driving System (ADS) will need to be done by appropriately skilled and qualified people due to the safety implications that could result from unintended impacts to the ADS.

Even when an ADSE has taken all reasonably practicable measures to ensure safety, the actions of repairers, maintainers and modifiers could have a significant influence on the safety of an ADS. 

We are exploring whether we need additional measures in the AVSL to manage these risks. For more information about proposed measures, please see the paper Additional measures for repairers, maintainers and modifiers.
 

Have your say

To provide a submission, you may upload a document in response to the consultation paper or answer the questions through our online form on the home consultation page.

You are welcome to provide feedback on as many or as few of the topics and questions as you would like.

Alternatively, you can email your submission to automatedvehicles@ntc.gov.au.

Submissions can be made until 11 June 2024.

More information

To return to the main consultation page or view the other supporting pages, please see the links below.