Technology for driverless cars receives boost in SA


Wednesday, 16 November, 2016

Industries bodies are invited to submit creative proposals for autonomous car technology in South Australia.

The SA Government is calling on organisations to apply for the $10 million Future Mobility Lab Fund, which is aiming to accelerate the development and implementation of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

“We want proposals which will open up new opportunities for South Australian businesses and workers,” said Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan.

The proposals will focus on autonomous vehicle testing and demonstrations, connected vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure pilots and demonstrations, and research and development. All projects must take place in South Australia.

The initiative builds on South Australia’s achievements of staging the first on-road trials in the Southern Hemisphere, hosting the first international driverless car conference in Australia and introducing Australian-first legislation to allow for on-road trials of autonomous vehicles.

“South Australia is leading the nation in embracing this new era in automotive technology and this investment is aimed to grow jobs in this new part of the car industry,” said Mullighan.

Overseas-based partners are encouraged to participate by partnering with local South Australian small to medium enterprises, universities and other organisations.

The fund is worth $10 million over three years.

Interested applicants are invited to email DPTI.Innovation@sa.gov.au with any questions.

Further information is available at the Future Mobility Lab Fund website, including eligibility and assessment guidelines.

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