List of Recommendations

Recommendation 1

1.30
The Committee recommends that the Commonwealth adopt as standard terminology the use of ‘automated vehicles’ and formally accept that the standard definition for the automation level of vehicles is that used by the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) International Standard J3016. The Committee recommends that the use of ‘driverless car/vehicle’ and ‘autonomous vehicle’ be discontinued.

Recommendation 2

2.51
The Committee recommends that, noting the range of benefits automated vehicles are likely to bring and the need for public acceptance of the technology, the Commonwealth Government facilitate and encourage trials of automated vehicles in Australia, with a particular focus on trials that enable members of the public to experience automated vehicles on public roads.

Recommendation 3

2.52
The Committee recommends that the National Cyber Security Strategy specifically investigate automated vehicles (and associated transport systems) to address potential vulnerabilities relating to automation.

Recommendation 4

3.53
The Committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government further investigates the issue of data rights for consumers, vehicle manufacturers and third parties such as insurers and relevant government agencies.

Recommendation 5

5.25
The Committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government establish a working party with industry and academic stakeholders to identify industry needs regarding the development of automated vehicles and support services, and implement a strategy to ensure that Australia is best placed to exploit emerging opportunities.

Recommendation 6

6.30
The Committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government’s preparation for autonomous vehicles includes consideration of how the needs of people with disability, older Australians and those in regional and rural areas can be met via automated vehicles.

Recommendation 7

7.26
The Committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government, in association with state and territory governments and local councils, consider funding of trials of automated vehicles with a public transport application, in both metropolitan areas and regional locations.

Recommendation 8

8.28
The Committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government, in consultation with state and territory governments, continues to coordinate their approach to automated vehicles, ensuring consistent regulations and policy settings.

Recommendation 9

8.32
The Committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government coordinates efforts to standardise road infrastructure in Australia, particularly as it relates to signs and road markings, and that the Commonwealth Government considers ways to ensure that the benefits of automated vehicles are available across Australia, including in regional Australia.

Recommendation 10

8.34
The Committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government consider the merits of establishing either a dedicated national body or a cross-agency taskforce, in conjunction with state and territory jurisdictions and working with vehicle and software manufacturers, to coordinate Australia’s preparation for the introduction of land-based automated vehicles. This body would have regard to topics including, but not limited to:
Methods of public engagement to ensure that concerns about automated vehicles are addressed and benefits are explained
The employment ramifications, both direct and indirect, of automated vehicles
How to best ensure that people with disability and older Australians are able to benefit from automated vehicle technology
How to best ensure that people in regional and rural Australia can access the benefits of automated vehicles
The infrastructure needs, both physical and digital, of automated vehicles and the role of governments in ensuring that those standards are met, particularly in regional and rural areas of Australia
The ownership, use and security frameworks applicable to the data generated by automated vehicles
Legal liability and insurance implications of automated vehicles.

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