Driverless vehicle initiatives sought for Australian innovation award

The Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) and innovation body Innovate Australia have announced the launch of a new award for those playing a key role in accelerating the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicles on Australian roads.

Victoria is at the forefront of technology and innovation in autonomous vehicles, and our association with ADVI aims to promote further excellence for the benefit of the state.
— Peter Kasprzak, Chief Executive Officer, Innovate Australia

Aimed at organisations in Victoria, the ADVI Victorian Driverless Vehicle Innovation Award will recognise an organisation that has initiated, developed or delivered an initiative to support the introduction of autonomous vehicles, such as a new and innovative piece of research, product, program, service, legislation or business model.

“Victoria is at the forefront of technology and innovation in autonomous vehicles, and our association with ADVI aims to promote further excellence for the benefit of the state,” said Peter Kasprzak, Chief Executive Officer, Innovate Australia. 



Peter Damen, Chair of the ADVI’s Executive Steering Committee, said: “The launch of this award is a great way to recognise the achievements of Victorian organisations and demonstrates just how far Victoria has come in paving the way for the introduction of selfdriving vehicles.”

Among other things, the selection criteria for the award will consider a project’s strategic significance, as well as its innovation, impact, future development and scalability.

Organisations interested in applying should email the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative to receive a nomination form.