Australia’s driverless vehicle industry says it’s emerging from the COVID-19 crisis with growing business confidence to create more jobs and invest more money. An economic uplift survey conducted by the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) has found that 84% of businesses surveyed within the industry expected to hire more workers, or keep the same levels of employment post COVID-19. This was despite 87% of industry respondents saying they had been adversely affected by COVID-19 during 2020.
If you think that young people are readily going to embrace driverless vehicles, think again. The latest Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Youth Survey, which asked Australian and New Zealand teenagers aged 13 to 15 years a series of questions about driverless vehicles, has found young people are reluctant to adopt driverless vehicles.
Driverless vehicles have the potential to transform personal mobility and are expected to provide an accessible and independent transport solution for everyone, regardless of ability or disability. To ensure this expectation is realised, it is important that the deficiencies in the current transport system that marginalises or precludes sectors of the population from accessing personal mobility are understood, so that vehicles and technology solutions are designed and manufactured to suit their daily lives.
The national COVID-19 lockdown from March to August did not proportionally reduce road deaths, according to new research. Despite fewer people using the roads, the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) found there was an increase in cyclist road deaths, and an increase in people killed on the roads in Queensland. While there was up to 30% less road use during the national lockdown, there was only a 10% reduction in fatal crashes, and an 8% reduction in road fatalities nationwide.
Waymo is now the exclusive global L4 partner for Volvo Car Group, a global leader in automotive safety, including its strategic affiliates Polestar and Lynk & Co. International. Through our strategic partnership, we will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric vehicle platform for ride hailing services.
In partnership with Lexus Australia, we’re about to start testing new life-saving communication technologies in cars on Victorian roads. Powered by our 4GX network, the trials will test and demonstrate Australian-first Cellular V2X technology and advanced driver assist features to create a safer driving experience.
The article “Startup wheels out oldest fans” published in The Australian on 1 March 2019 provides interesting insight into the preparedness of older community members in Florida to embrace driverless vehicles. It shows that when people are provided opportunity to experience this technology first-hand they can appreciate the mobility benefits on offer and embrace new ways to get around. But when you compare the US experience with ADVI’s own survey of older people living in Australia and New Zealand it drives home the message that more needs to be done locally to engage people and let them experience this technology as part of their everyday living.
The nation’s peak driverless vehicle industry collective says a commitment by the New South Wales Government to host a national Centre of Excellence and a world-leading summit later this year demonstrates a strong commitment that puts the state at the leading edge of innovation and reinforces that it is well and truly open for business.