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VicRoads offers $9m in automated vehicle funding

VicRoads is calling for all expressions of interest from companies, industry bodies and other transport technology organisations to be part of its new Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program.

Up to $9 million in funding is available for participants in the program, as well as the opportunity to work in partnership with industry to trial connected and automated vehicle solutions that lead to road safety benefits.

"As part of the Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan 2016-2020, we've identified that a key pathway to Victoria's long-term vision of zero deaths on our roads is through the introduction of connected and automated vehicles," VicRoads said in a statement.

This new permit scheme is an Australian first developed by VicRoads, and proposes an amendment the Road Safety Act 1986 to support trials of automated vehicles.

We have worked in close partnership with Government and industry to develop this Australian-first legislation to trial automated vehicles on Victorian roads," said VicRoads Director Road User and Vehicle Access, Robyn Seymour.

Under the scheme, the permit holders are considered drivers and responsible for the vehicles actions, VicRoads said.

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