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Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads


A driverless car.

The state of Victoria in Australia has approved a trial of autonomous cars on rural roads.

Credit: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

The state of Victoria in Australia has approved a trial of driverless cars on rural roads as part of an effort to improve dangerous driving conditions outside urban areas.

The state government gave a $2.3-million grant to the Bosch company to develop and test automated vehicle technology on high-speed rural roads later this year.

The deal marks the first permit to allow automated vehicles for on-road testing in Victoria.

The tests are designed to expose the vehicle to a range of weather and traffic conditions, with the goal of improving safety on rural roads.

From The Guardian
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