A strong contingent of ADVI partners attending the recent Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco, showcased the Nation’s leadership efforts in embracing driverless vehicle technologies. This visit culminated in ADVI’s own Centre of Excellence Executive Director, Rita Excell, speaking at one of the symposium break-out sessions and creating a buzz about the driverless activities in Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian delegation also met with a number of high-level government transport officials in Washington, San Francisco and Phoenix to share Australia’s experiences in embracing this technology and dealing with regulatory and safety considerations. A highlight was being hosted by Iowa Congressman Steven Smith in Washington including a tour of Capitol Hill.
The delegation visited Transurban to learn how it is working with researchers at Virginia Tech University to use the existing toll road network as a way to test technology.
The group also visited the Aspen Institute to understand the role that Cities (Councils) are playing in the driverless vehicle space, with a particular focus on ensuring cities and communities do not get forgotten or overlooked in the way the technology is deployed. A copy of the most recent report produced by the Aspen Institute can be found here.
Automated heavy vehicles was a key focus of the delegation and meetings with the American Trucking Association (ATA) and Peloton Technology highlighted the synergies between Australia and the US’s freight issues and the role that automated truck technologies can and will play in ensuring the longevity and efficiency of this sector.