News ID: 237673
Published: 1100 GMT January 21, 2019

Victoria to allow trial of driverless cars on UK country roads

Victoria to allow trial of driverless cars on UK country roads
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Victoria in central London, has sanctioned a trial of driverless cars on rural roads in a bid to improve the dramatically more dangerous conditions outside urban areas.

People are five times more likely to be killed on a Victorian country road than in the city, theguardian.com reported.

The automated vehicle technology is being developed by Bosch as part of a $2.3 million state government grant and will be tested on high-speed rural roads later this year.

“This trial is an exciting step towards driverless vehicles hitting the road,” the acting premier, Jacinta Allan, said.

Bosch has been granted the state’s first permit to allow automated vehicles for on-road testing, with other successful applicants to be announced soon.

The tests will expose the vehicle to a range of conditions, such as weather and traffic, with the aim of improving safety on rural roads.

“The tragic fact is that you’re five times as likely to be killed on a rural road than in the city. That’s why we’re rolling out a record roads investment in rural Victoria, and this is another way we can improve safety and save lives,” Allan said.

Bosch Australia president Gavin Smith said the firm was eager to start the trial, showing how technologies could improve safety and reduce trauma on rural roads.

Victoria posted a record low road toll in 2018, with 214 deaths, compared with the previous record low of 243 in 2013. Deaths on country roads were down by almost a third.

   
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