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South Australia to introduce legislation for driverless cars

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South Australia will be the first state in the country to introduce legislation to allow the use of driverless cars on public roads.

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South Australia Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan will introduce a bill in the state parliament for real-life testing of the technology, Automotive Business Review reports.

The state is expected to host the nation's first self-driving car trial later this year when Volvo introduces a modified XC90 SUV to local roads.

Mullighan said: "South Australia is now positioned to become a key player in this emerging industry and by leading the charge, we are opening up countless new opportunities for our businesses and our economy.

"As the first state in Australia to regulate a framework for such testing, we are opening our doors to global businesses to develop and trial their technologies here, while also creating the right environment for local businesses to grow and flourish."

"For instance hardware and software for South Australian-based Cohda Wireless is being used in more than 60 percent of all Vehicle to Infrastructure and Vehicle to Vehicle field trials worldwide today.

"Cohda is currently working on software for General Motors' connected vehicle, the Cadillac CTS, which is due for release next year."

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