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Ministers’ Foreword

Connected and Automated Vehicles Plan

Ministers' Foreword

Around the globe, transport services and the way we move are being transformed by technology. We are already seeing connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) on the road and offering great potential to deliver new transport services, improve road safety, alleviate congestion and increase productivity.

Transformation, like that offered by CAVs, requires vision and community acceptance to ensure the evolution from the status-quo is well managed. However, we cannot afford to sit back and wait for disruption – action is needed now to make the most of opportunities.

NSW is already well advanced in using new technologies, with the Future Transport Technology Roadmap setting a vision to make transport a technology business. This is embedded in the Government’s Future Transport 2056, our 40-year strategy to deliver customer-focused, technology-driven services to improve the productivity, liveability and sustainability of communities across the state. It also aligns transport with NSW’s overarching infrastructure and planning strategies, and outlines opportunities for using CAVs in a range of passenger and freight services.

This Connected and Automated Vehicles Plan builds on these opportunities and outlines how we will achieve the customer, community, productivity and place outcomes that can be delivered by CAVs.

NSW is taking a leadership role to improve transport for customers. Through Transport for NSW’s Smart Innovation Centre, we are in the driver’s seat for change, with a growing number of trials with industry and research partners to help make CAV services a reality in NSW.

Since August 2017, we have launched a driverless Smart Shuttle trial at Sydney Olympic Park, the Automated Vehicle Infrastructure Initiative to assess the compatibility of motorway infrastructure with automated vehicle technology, and also announced trials in regional NSW – in Armidale and Coffs Harbour – starting by the end of the year.

We’re investing in the future, establishing a $10 million fund to expand our portfolio of CAV trials over the next four years.

We have already passed legislation that allows conditionally and highly automated vehicles to be trialled in NSW, and continue to work with the Australian Government and other local jurisdictions to develop policies and guidelines to ensure that CAVs are used in a safe and secure manner.

By partnering with the sharpest minds in industry, we will continue to lead and think big to deliver the future transport services for our State.

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