Tuesday, 22 January 2019 04:50

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Automated vehicles to be tested in rural Victoria Courtesy Bosch

Automated vehicle technology will be tested in rural Victoria this year, with the State Government awarding Bosch $2.3 million from the Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program and granting it the state’s first Automated Driving System permit for on-road testing of highly automated driving systems.

A statement from Victorian Transport Minister and Acting Premier Jacinta Allan said this was the first on-road trial under the ADS permit scheme.

Victoria finalised the rules for supporting the ADS permit scheme which authorises the use of automated vehicles on the state's roads.

The Bosch trial, which will begin later in 2019, aims to use state-of-the-art technology to improve safety on roads in rural Victoria – where drivers are five times more likely to be killed in a crash compared to metropolitan roads.

The $9 million Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program is funded through the State Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan.

Allan said: “Victoria is leading the nation in the future of on-road technology and this trial is an exciting step towards driverless vehicles hitting the road.

“The tragic fact is that you’re five times as likely to be killed on a rural road than in the city. That’s why we’re rolling out a record roads investment in rural Victoria – and this is another way we can improve safety and save lives.”

Bosch Australia president Gavin Smith said: "Bosch is a proud leader in vehicle safety systems and is eager to commence this trial with technologies that will show how we can improve road safety and reduce road trauma on rural roads.”

Tollway operator Eastlink has carried out a number of trials of hands-free driving on its highway of the same name, using a Honda CR-V VTi-LX.

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