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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 7 October 2021) . . Page.. 2839 ..


Thursday, 7 October 2021

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.01): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Hanson) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Milligan for today’s sitting for personal reasons.

Roads—automated vehicles

Ministerial statement

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (10.02): I am pleased to deliver this ministerial statement on automated vehicles. Anyone who has driven a new vehicle recently will know that the technology that goes into our cars is rapidly evolving. Automation is bringing a revolution in vehicle technology and, if implemented properly, the benefits could be significant, from providing flexible integrated transport to providing safer roads and better environmental outcomes.

There have been numerous predictions of driverless or fully autonomous vehicles on our roads. Under the SAE international automation levels standard, the classification of automation ranges from driver assistance, at level 1, to full automation, at level 5. Reliable and safe level 5 technology may one day be a reality on our roads, but we are not at that point yet.

Tesla continues to acknowledge the limitations of the technology, with CEO Elon Musk tweeting in June that “Generalised self-driving is a hard problem.” However, some lower level automated technologies are becoming standard. Features such as auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance are found in many vehicles, and new features will continue to be developed and rolled out by vehicle manufacturers.


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