The Australian Government is establishing an Office of Future Transport Technologies to help prepare for the pending arrival of automated vehicles and other transport innovations.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the initiative was made possible through a $9.7 million investment by the Government.
Mr McCormack said the new Office would enhance the Federal Government’s strategic leadership role, to coordinate more cohesively with other governments and agencies to implement future transport technologies in Australia more successfully and responsibly.
He said the development and uptake of automated vehicle technologies and associated applications would also be managed with a continued focus on improving transport and road safety outcomes.
In an address to a Roads Australia event, Mr McCormack said Australian governments and industry needed to collaborate effectively in order to develop the right policy, regulation and infrastructure, to adapt to future technology use.
“The Australian future transport and mobility industry is expected generate more than $16 billion in revenue by 2025,” he said.
“While representing an emerging business opportunity for the national economy, these technologies also have great potential to reduce the $27 billion cost of road crashes in Australia each year.
“These advances can also help to reduce the significant social impacts that road deaths and injuries have on families and the wider community.
“The establishment of an Office of Future Transport Technologies within my department will enable the Australian Government to work with industry and state and territory governments to ensure Australia is ready for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
“I expect the Office to collaborate across governments to ensure automated vehicles are safe, to consider future infrastructure needs, to make sure cyber security safeguards are in place, and to support Australian businesses in taking advantage of new commercial opportunities.
“While some of this work has already started, we will see the Office of Future Transport Technologies ramping up over the next few months to coordinate Australia’s responses to the challenges ahead.”