The NSW Government has announced that it will trial automated vehicles with life-saving technology on some of Sydney’s major motorways. The trial will run until October 2018 across the Lane Cove Tunnel, the Hills M2 Motorway, Westlink M7, the M5, Eastern Distributor, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel.
As part of the trial, the automated vehicles will operate under different conditions and at different times of the day.
Motorway operator Transurban and several global carmakers will take part in the project to ensure NSW roads work with new life-saving vehicle automation technologies, and lay the foundation for driverless vehicles of the future.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said that as more cars come onto the market with automated technology, it is important NSW roads are ready.
“Advances in driving technology and the innovation of road infrastructure will benefit the public with sustainable and efficient networks, accessible services and, importantly, safety,” Pavey said.
“Automated driving technologies not only have the potential to save lives but will help us manage congestion and create sustainability and improve efficiencies on our networks.”