The FCAI member companies recognise the potential for automated and connected vehicles to provide significant safety and environmental benefits to Australia through reductions in crashes and congestion. New light vehicles (passenger cars, SUVs and LCVs) being introduced into Australia are being fitted with increasing levels of automation, and models introduced from late 2017 or early 2018 are expected to be equipped for connectivity (i.e. V2V, V2I communications).
The requirements that need to be met for vehicles to operate in an Australian automated and connected vehicle environment are:
- A standardised interface harmonised with the European standards as Australian vehicle safety and environmental regulatory standards are harmonised with the European standards.
- A regulatory model that ensures vehicles fitted with C-ITS being delivered to Australia meet the European standards and will operate within the specified spectrum.
- The 5.9 GHz spectrum to be allocated.