Government invests $9.7m into future transport
Road safety and technology development is an important step towards the autonomous vehicle future.
And, the Australian government has recognised that by establishing a new minsterial office and investing $9.7 billion towards road safety and the implementation of future transport technologies.
The Office of Future Transport Technologies will “help prepare for the pending arrival of automated vehicles and other transport innovations”.
Deputy PM and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, says the government is taking proactive steps to manage the associated challenges and opportunities within the future transport landscape.
“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,” says McCormack.
The Deputy PM says he wants to ensure these new technologies are deployed in a manner which improves safety, productivity, accessibility and liveability for Australians in both urban and regional areas.
While no immediate plans are outlined, the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development says the Office will 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 establishment of an Office of Future Transport Technologies within my Department will enable the Australian Government to work with industry and State and Territory Governments to ensure Australia is ready for the challenges and opportunities ahead,” McCormack said.
“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.
“This new Australian Government $9.7 million investment will ensure the regulatory settings are workable and nationally consistent, that they fit with emerging United Nations regulatory developments and are consistent with related Commonwealth policies and laws; including those relating to privacy and data use.
“While some of this work has already started, we will see the Office of Future Transport Technologies ramping up over the next few months to coordinate Australia’s responses to the challenges ahead.”