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NSW green-lights driverless regulations

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Posted by Scott Murray - August 14th, 2017

New South Wales state parliament has passed new laws permitting autonomous vehicles to be trialed on its roads.
It comes just a fortnight after the NSW government announced it will trial a Navya Arma driverless shuttle bus in Sydney Olympic Park.
The shuttle bus trial will involve HMI Technologies, Telstra, IAG insurance, the NRMA, and the Newington Armory for off-road testing conditions.

The French-made electric shuttle starts in late 2017, performing similar trials as seen in Perth last year. It will take up to 15 passengers at a time, topping 25km/h for between five and 13 hours of battery life. The Arma uses Lidar sensors to map its surroundings, commuting for up to two years.
“We will then extend the trial to public use with the shuttle making the rounds on the roads at Sydney Olympic Park,” NSW roads minister Melinda Pavey tells Business Insider.
“We want to use the trial to help develop the systems that will enable automated vehicles to be connected to our infrastructure, like traffic lights, and to customers through their devices and applications,” Pavey says.
Laws still currently state that a human driver must remain in control of a vehicle at all times.
“There is still some way to go before automated shuttles become commonplace on Australia roads, but as a government we are ready to take the next step and from here all sorts of possibilities open up,” Pavey adds.

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