Advice on automated and zero emissions vehicles infrastructure
Infrastructure Victoria has called on the Victorian Government to clear the way for the roll out of driverless and zero emissions vehicles to reap unprecedented benefits for the economy, community and environment.
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Our advice and 17 key recommendations seek to help Victoria navigate through the inherent challenges and uncertainties that new technology brings, while maximising the benefits and minimising the risks associated with its introduction.
Our advice indicates that while Victoria is well placed for the roll out of new vehicles, significant investment 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
While significant, these investments should be viewed in the context of the potential benefits of automated and zero emissions vehicles.
There are many other recommendations where government can take action right now to get Victoria ready for new vehicle technologies. These include integrating on-demand and mobility as a service offerings into the public transport mix, sharing transport data in real time and allowing flexibility in the planning regime to make it easier for people to charge their electric vehicles. All could have an immediate impact and deliver benefits, regardless of how new vehicle technologies roll out.
In August 2018 we published the evidence base that informed our advice to government, including a suite of technical reports and analysis and an overarching Evidence base report that discussed the results.
In May, Infrastructure Victoria published a report outlining future scenarios for automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria.
Read the report or watch the below short video to find out more.
About the advice
The scope of the advice request from the Victorian Government requires Infrastructure Victoria to investigate what infrastructure might be required:
- to enable the operation of highly automated vehicles
- in response to the ownership and market models that may emerge from the availability of highly automated vehicles
- for zero emission vehicles as a high proportion of the Victoria fleet.
The request was made to Infrastructure Victoria by the Special Minister of State on 25 October 2017. Terms of reference provided by the Minister set out the details of the scope and phases of the advice.
The final report was delivered to the Minister in October 2018.