South Australia is embracing new technologies by changing road laws in favour of driverless (autonomous) cars.
Reforming two pieces of key Australian automotive legislation (Motor Vehicles Act and Road Traffic Act) will make way for exceptions, meaning test vehicles with autonomous driving systems will be able to hit public roads, while some other countries allow testing to be carried out on specific road sections only.
The new legislation will also include various statutory safeguards, such as suitable security measures and, of course, the strict pursuance to existing driving laws. Tests will have to be announced a month prior to execution and when the testing period is concluded, companies will need to submit all relevant reports, interpreting the results.
South Australia will make things drastically easier for all the autonomous-car-manufacturing companies. Google has, so far, carried out all its testing in certain public roads in certain American states only. Some of the vehicles got involved in over ten car accidents, but it was established those collisions occurred due to reckless driving of other individuals in the traffic.
The driverless car trials will take place on an expressway south of the capital city of Adelaide on November 7 and 8. Trials will include overtaking, lane changing, emergency braking and the us of on and off ramps. The testing will be held at the same time as an international conference on driverless cars in Adelaide.