Connected and Automated Vehicles Program

Realising the benefits of emerging technologies

Austroads Connected and Automated Vehicles Program is working closely with key government and industry stakeholders to help establish the regulatory and operational frameworks required to realise the benefits of this emerging technology.

The convergence of increasing levels of wireless connectivity and automated driving capability has given rise to the term ‘Connected and Automated Vehicles’ (CAV).

CAV technologies are expected to deliver significant societal benefits, particularly road safety, transport efficiency and productivity, and environmental outcomes.

Key focus areas in scope of the CAV program include:

  • Automated Vehicles (AV) | AVs have one or more primary driving control (steering, acceleration, braking) automated for a sustained period of time. Levels of vehicle automation range from no automation of driving controls, through automated applications that assist the human with the driving task, through to fully and highly automated vehicles that can drive themselves.
  • Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) | A connected vehicle ecosystem is emerging in which vehicles will share data wirelessly with other vehicles, with infrastructure, with transport management systems, and with mobile devices. Commonly referred to as Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), this ecosystem will enable a wide range of vehicle and transport applications to be deployed that cooperatively work together to deliver safety, mobility and environmental outcomes that are in addition to what many standalone systems can achieve.

The Austroads CAV program has a governance structure that provides effective guidance, decision making and program management controls. Key governance groups for the program include:

  • Steering Committee – provides technical endorsement and guidance to the program of work, and linkages to jurisdiction projects and initiatives. It comprises representatives from Austroads road agency members, the Commonwealth and the National Transport Commission.
  • Industry Reference Group – provides a forum to engage, consult, share knowledge, and seek guidance and direction. It comprises a large number of industry and government stakeholders across a wide range of relevant domains.


Program Manager: John Wall 

Project Manager – C-ITS: Niko Limans