First automated vehicle trials to begin

Victoria’s first automated vehicle has been approved for on-road testing later this year.

Bosch will trial the cutting-edge technology in various traffic, weather and infrastructure conditions to improve safety on the state’s rural roads – where drivers are five times as likely to be killed in a crash than in metropolitan areas.

The Victorian Government awarded $2.3 million to Bosch from the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Trial Grants Program to improve innovative automated vehicle technology under the new Automated Driving System (ADS) permit scheme.

The $9 million CAV Trial Grants Program, managed by VicRoads and TAC, supports industry research and on-road initiatives to maximise road safety through the Victorian Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero action plan. 

VicRoads called for expressions of interest in 2017 from companies, industry bodies and other transport organisations to apply for funding and encourage development in these emerging technologies.

Victoria finalised necessary regulations to support the ADS permit scheme - authorising automated vehicle testing on roads.

Other successful applicants will be announced soon.