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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack today announced the establishment of a new Office for Future Transport Technologies, launched through a $9.7 million investment.
The news marks the most overt step yet by the Federal Government to take a leading role in the emerging field, working with key organisations and state governments – some already well advanced in research and pilot programs – to coordinate the introduction of autonomous vehicles in Australia.
“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 in taking advantage of new commercial opportunities,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Speaking at a Roads Australia event today, Mr McCormack said the advent of automated driving will bring both a significant boost to the economy, while also reducing the road toll.
“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,” he said.