Above: Alan Hay from Boylan Group poses a question at the the RA stakeholder briefing on CAVs.
Industry and government stakeholders came together in Sydney last week to dissect the latest steps in the journey towards the driverless vehicle.
Delivered by Roads Australia and co-hosted with Austroads, the half-day policy briefing included presentations from state and Federal agency leaders who are responsible for both the practical roll-out of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) and the development of regulatory frameworks.
The clear take-out from the event is that all levels of government are now working together to ensure a co-ordinated national policy and regulatory response to the emergence of CAVs.
It's also clear that these new travel technologies will drive the road funding and pricing debate in new directions, particularly if - as some predict - the arrival of CAVs spells an end to private vehicle ownership.
Roads Australia is playing a key role in bringing industry into the CAV discussion, and will be leading a study visit by private and public sector leaders to the United States and Europe next month March 29 - April 12) to look at how the challenges are being met in other jurisdictions.
For information about the visit, contact our Executive Director, Policy, Mandi Mees.