All-clear for driverless cars

Driverless cars have been given their first permissions to run on Australian roads, making them harbingers of a revolution set to upend the motoring world.

Last week, the South Australian Government announced an amendment to its vehicle laws to introduce exemptions allowing the on-road testing of driverless vehicles.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan says they want to position SA as the a key player in an industry pegged to be worth tens of billions in a decade.

“We are on the cusp of the biggest advance in motoring since the since the Model T opened up car ownership to the masses,” he says.

“As the first state in Australia to regulate a framework for such testing, we are opening our doors to global businesses to develop and trial their technologies here, while also creating the right environment for local businesses to grow and flourish.”

With up to 90% of all road accidents caused by driver error, driverless vehicles have the potential to drastically reshape the motoring environment, as well as spelling the end of the motor insurance market in its current form.

To read IRP’s recent feature on the topic, click here.