Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Readiness Strategy


Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Readiness Strategy

The NSW Government is committed to creating a sustainable transport system that improves on the safety, mobility, and well-being of our customers.

Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) are game-changing technological innovations with the potential to transform the movement of people and goods.

CAV technologies are advancing rapidly and already appearing in vehicles on the market today. The Transport for NSW Future Transport Technology Roadmap aspires to position NSW as a world-leading adopter of Connected and Automated Vehicles. To achieve this, it will be fundamental for NSW to pursue CAV readiness over the coming years to align with national and international developments in the technology.

    Preparing for NSW CAV readiness

    Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has developed a CAV Readiness Strategy (PDF, 10.65 MB) to prepare for the safe and effective deployment of CAVs on NSW roads.

    The strategy is a step forward from the 2019 Connected and Automated Vehicles Plan, building on the lessons learnt, recent research and strategic drivers for NSW. 

    It has identified a program to successfully accelerate the real-world application of CAV technologies, and actively pursue the integration of CAVs into the transport system.

    The CAV Readiness Program (“the Program”) will include six strategic priority areas, with 22 initiatives that will support TfNSW to build confidence and a better understanding of the capabilities and opportunities presented by emerging technologies. More information about the CAV priority areas and initiatives are provided in the table below and attached summary pack (PDF, 586.84 KB).

    CAV priority areas


    Priority 1: Test and deploy CAVs on the road network

    Testing and deploying CAVs on the road network through trials and pilot projects will help engage customers, build a local ecosystem, support infrastructure and lead to an improved understanding of the technical requirements, capabilities and performance of different CAV technologies, including C-ITS. This can be done through CAV buses and rideshare vehicles in regional and urban areas, as well as supporting the rollout of ADAS systems, particularly in regional areas to improve safety.

    Priority 2: Shape CAV Policy and customer outcomes

    The customer value that CAVs can deliver is a key element in shaping how CAVs will operate in NSW. Through this priority area we will shape the customer value proposition for CAVs in NSW as well as the policy and regulatory frameworks required for successful deployment of CAVs within the NSW transport system. Initiatives within this priority area include the customer value proposition, policies to deliver customer outcomes, modelling and stimulating CAVs on the NSW network, understanding and supporting community needs, and integrating CAV data streams. These initiatives will align with and support the national regulatory framework for AVs.

    Priority 3: Get the road network ready for CAVs

    This priority area aims to have a network of ‘CAV Ready’ roads. It is expected for roads to be deemed ‘CAV Ready’ they will have been extensively tested and assessed for Level 3 or 4 autonomous driving, this may include C-ITS enabled infrastructure and available 5G connectivity. The development of a ‘CAV Readiness Framework’ would be an initial step to delivering this initiative.

    Priority 4: Develop physical and digital CAV testing capabilities

    The development of a CAV proving ground at Cudal, in conjunction with a virtual CAV testbed, could allow for the comprehensive development and testing of CAV technologies in NSW. These initiatives could be supported by a NSW CAV challenge to spur the industry and academia to focus on the development of CAV software and hardware platforms and to attract expertise and knowledge sharing.

    Priority 5: Support freight and services automation

    Supporting automation in freight, including long-distance, point-to-hub and first/last mile, stands out as a key area in which TfNSW can provide its support to early adopters. This would enable increased productivity and maximised economic benefits from CAVs. Automation can also be explored in the delivery of government services.

    Priority 6: Increase local CAV knowledge and skills

    Developing knowledge and skills relating to CAVs across various groups is critical to building a strong CAV ecosystem in NSW. For industry and technical professions, it could include training and upskilling courses, for government it could include CAV research to ensure that NSW remains at the cutting edge and retains its status as a thought leader.

    Delivering on these six priorities will ensure that TfNSW is working towards NSW becoming CAV ready and being a world-leading adopter of CAVs.

    What’s next?

    Technical planning and project development is currently underway to support NSW CAV readiness and network integration. Transport for NSW are in the process of reviewing industry feedback on the NSW CAV Readiness Strategy.

    More information

    To find out more information about our CAV and future transport initiatives and strategies you can refer to the following online sources: