One law to rule them all

State and territory roads ministers have agreed to fast-track the changes needed to roll out highly and fully autonomous vehicles in Australia – by 2020. “Australia is one of the first countries to make this bold commitment to 2020,” National Transport Commission chief executive Paul Retter said. “We want to give certainty to manufacturers by ensuring our regulatory system is flexible and responsive to encourage innovation.” The changes will clarify who, or what, is in control of a self-driving vehicle, and remove the need to show proper control by having a hand on the wheel.