Victoria has sanctioned a trial of driverless cars on rural roads in a bid to improve the dramatically more dangerous conditions outside urban areas.
People are five times more likely to be killed on a Victorian country road than in the city.
The automated vehicle technology is being developed by Bosch as part of a $2.3m state government grant and will be tested on high-speed rural roads later this year.
“This trial is an exciting step towards driverless vehicles hitting the road,” the acting premier, Jacinta Allan, said.
Bosch has been granted the state’s first permit to allow automated vehicles for on-road testing, with other successful applicants to be announced soon.