Making sure the Automated Driving System is safe when it enters the market

It’s important to ensure that automated vehicles are safe when they are first provided to the Australian market. 

The existing system of standards and approvals for new vehicles will be enhanced so that authorities can make sure that a vehicle with an Automated Driving System (ADS) can operate safely on Australian roads.

Standards and Approvals for AVs

Currently, approval is required to provide a road vehicle to the Australian market for the first time. These requirements and processes will also apply to automated vehicles. 

Automated vehicles will need to meet existing technical vehicle standards as well as new standards that will be developed specific to automated driving systems.

Approvals will only be granted to applicants that have been certified as an Automated Driving System Entity (ADSE). The ADSE will be responsible for the safety of the automated vehicle over its on-road life. 

To learn more, please see the supporting paper, Requirements when a vehicle with an ADS is first provided.

ADSE certification requirements

Every ADS will need an ADSE to support it throughout its operational life. 

To be certified as an ADSE, an entity needs to be a corporation with suitable structures and capabilities to keep an ADS safe.  An ADSE will be certified to support  the safety of its ADS for the whole of its on-road life (also called its ‘design life’).

The ADSE will need to demonstrate:

  • A corporate presence in Australia
  • Financial capacity
  • Data recording and sharing capability
  • A safety management system for the ADS (supporting paper)
  • A law enforcement and emergency services interaction protocol (supporting paper)
  • Additional certification requirements

For more information on these requirements, please see the supporting paper, Automated Driving System Entity certification.

Aftermarket installation of an ADS

It is possible that an ADS may be installed into a vehicle that is already in Australia. 

The new laws will only allow aftermarket installations to be undertaken by, or on behalf of, an ADSE. These measures will help ensure aftermarket ADS installations are only undertaken by appropriately skilled and prepared parties, and there is a ADSE to take ongoing responsibility for ADS safety.

Managing automated vehicle deployment ahead of the new regulatory framework

If automated vehicles enter the Australian market before the new regulatory framework is in place (outside of approved trials) new road safety risks may arise. 

We have identified options to help manage the risk of early deployment and use of AVs before the new regulatory framework is established, including restrictions on aftermarket installation and mechanisms to ensure that a vehicle does not have an active ADS when it is provided to the market. These kinds of measures could be complemented by improving arrangements for AV trials.

These options would be interim arrangements, and some would be removed once the new automated vehicle regulatory framework is in place.

We are seeking feedback on these options. For more information, please see the supporting paper, Managing automated vehicle deployment ahead of the new regulatory framework.

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.