[LINK] IA: Pleas for more help for driverless cars

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Feb 22 08:41:45 AEDT 2019

On 21/2/19 12:30 pm, Roger Clarke wrote:

> Falling behind in driverless vehicles ... FEBRUARY 19, 2019 
> https://www.innovationaus.com/2019/02/Falling-behind-in-driverless-vehicles

Wonderful opportunity for puns:

	"Australian driver-less research stuck in slow lane,
	with policy makers asleep at the wheel." ;-)

More seriously, Australia does have some expertise in Seeing Machines, a 
company spun off ANU research. Their technology is in the 2018 Cadillac 
CT6 car, and Caterpillar trucks. 

What Seeing Machines work has shown is that it is better to start with 
something other than privately owned passenger cars. I suggest Australia 
should look at areas such as autonomous farm and mining equipment, not 
cars. Australia has lots of farms, and mines, and we don't have any car 

As the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) says, designing 
and building autonomous vehicles will create some jobs, but only a tiny 
fraction of the number of driving jobs lost.

If the ADVI thinks we need government policy, I suggest they write some. 
There is an federal election coming up, so this week I have been writing 
IT policy for ACS to put to the parties.

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