Australian and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative

driverless carsOur David Brown was invited to a major summit on autonomous vehicles. The development is staggering by we are not going to reach nirvana in the near future if ever!

The 4th International Driverless Vehicle Summit in Australia organised by the Australian and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) told us that the Worldwide the economy for autonomous vehicles and associated industries is currently worth $7 trillion, that’s not million or even billion but trillion dollars.

There was some wonderful technology but there is also a strong dose of reality.

The expectation for fully autonomous vehicles (level 5 anywhere anytime) is declining and it will take longer.

But autonomous vehicles in selected places: parks, campuses, retirement villages, public transport corridors, and motor ways is happening now to some extent.

But everyone is benefit in the short-term from assisted driving technology like automatic emergency braking but going much further.


About David Brown 434 Articles
David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto