Self-driving cars to be trialled across Sydney

The Government of New South Wales (NSW) has announced that it will trial automated vehicles on some of Sydney’s major motorways.

As part of the trial in the Australian state, the automated vehicles will operate under different conditions and at different times of day on roads including the Lane Cove Tunnel, Eastern Distributor, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel.

The NSW Government believes that it is important for the state’s roads to be ready as more cars come onto the market with automated technology.

“Automated driving technologies not only have the potential to save lives but will help us manage congestion and create sustainability and improve efficiencies on our networks,” said Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey.

Motorway operator Transurban will work with several leading carmakers on the project, aimed at ensuring NSW roads work with new life-saving vehicle automation technologies, and laying the foundation for driverless vehicles.