Automated vehicles could reduce congestion

A new report by Infrastructure Victoria has made 17 key recommendations to update Victoria’s roads and plan for transport to allow for a future of zero emissions and automated vehicles.

Advice on Automated and Zero Emissions Vehicles Infrastructure states that “automated vehicles could improve the efficiency of Victoria’s road network by up to 91 per cent, and boost economic growth by up to $15 billion in 2046”, advising the Victorian Government to clear the way for the roll out of driverless and zero emissions vehicles.

The report covers the potential sequencing, timing and scope of infrastructure delivery and indicates that while Victoria is well placed for the roll out of new vehicles, significant investment from both government and the private sector will be required to fully maximise their potential. This includes:

  • Up to $1.7 billion to upgrade mobile networks
  • Around $250 million for improved line markings on roads
  • At least $2.2 billion for energy network upgrades

Infrastructure Victoria CEO, Michel Masson, said,“Our research found these vehicles could significantly reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, dramatically improve access to services, avoid car accidents caused by human error and add almost $15 billion per year to the economy.”

Project Director, Dr Allison Stewart, said, “Government can take action right now to get Victoria ready for new vehicle technologies.

“Integrating on-demand and mobility as a service into the public transport mix and sharing our transport data in real-time could support our transport system, and attract new and innovative companies and services to Victoria.

“Allowing flexibility in our planning regime to make it easier for people to charge their electric vehicles could also have an immediate impact,” Dr Stewart said.

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