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Does your business plan to use or invest in driverless vehicles in the future? A House of Representatives committee inquiry may impact on your company’s plans.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources has announced its inquiry into and report on the social issues relating to land-based driverless vehicles in Australia. Submission to this inquiry addressing the terms of reference close on 6 February 2017.

This inquiry will likely be relevant to a number of Ai Group members including in transport, logistics, manufacturing, technology, infrastructure and end user businesses.

The inquiry will consider different types of transport (such as cars, trucks, buses and trains), as well as different driverless options (such as directly controlled, remotely controlled and fully autonomous vehicles). 

In particular, the Committee will inquire into and report on:

  • What social issues are relevant-such as:
  • general social acceptance levels
  • passenger and non-passenger safety
  • legal responsibility and insurance
  • potential impacts on employment and different industry sectors (such as the taxi industry)
  • access and equity issues (such as increasing individual mobility for the elderly and people with disabilities)
  • potential public transport applications
  • How each social issue is being handled- including the opportunities and challenges for each issue
  • Recommendations to progress action on the social issues identified  

When undertaking this Inquiry the Committee should have regard to:

  • non-social aspects relating to driverless vehicles - such as regulatory status, infrastructure, technological readiness, data management and cyber security issues
  • the experience of other jurisdictions and nations
  • how Australia might best position itself to contribute to global driverless vehicle initiatives
  • the respective roles of the Australian government, the Australian Parliament, other jurisdictions and other stakeholders
  • how issues identified from this inquiry might inform work on other emerging technologies

Are you interested in providing feedback to the House of Representatives committee inquiry through a potential submission from Ai Group?

Please contact Ai Group adviser Charles Hoang, Tel: 02 9466 5462.