How to apply to conduct a trial in NSW

How to apply to the Smart Innovation Centre to conduct a trial of highly and fully automated vehicles in NSW.

The NSW Government has introduced a legislation that will enable the trialing of highly and fully automated vehicles in NSW. The role of the Smart Innovation Centre is to make these trials happen.

If you have a trial that you would like to partner with us on, please submit your proposal to smartinnovationcentre@transport.nsw.gov.au, attention “Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial”. We recommend you contact us to discuss your proposal before you submit it.

The assessment process will include consultation with stakeholders that will have a significant interest in proposed trials, such as local councils, NSW Police and other parts of government.

Any trials that involve a request for funding from the Smart Innovation Centre will need to be managed through an Expression of Interest process, with criteria announced at the time that the Expression of Interest is released. 

For approved trials the centre will:

  • Provide an approval letter to trial applicant advising of start date and conditions of approval.   
  • Publish details of approval on the Smart Innovation Centre website. 

Application Process

 

Application for trial is received by the Smart Innovation Centre.

 

Trialing organisations must demonstrate how they will comply with the criteria in the Guidelines for Trials of Automated Vehicles in Australia and NSW legislation, including provision of a safety management plan; appropriate insurance policies and agree to provide certain data from the trial vehicle’s black box within prescribed timeframes if required to assist in evaluating the trial.

 

 Smart Innovation Centre will consult with trial applicant(s) to:

  • Discuss trial scope, type of technology to be tested, and the proposed trial area as well as assist them in understanding what exemptions from road transport law will need to be approved and the information they must submit to demonstrate compliance with the national guidelines for trialing automated vehicles in NSW.
  •  Assess the information submitted to determine the specific conditions of operation of the trial, including the trial area. The suitability of roads within the trial area to host the trial may need to be assessed by Roads and Maritime Services or the responsible road owner e.g. local council.

 

After assessment, the Centre will make a recommendation to the Minister who will then make a determination on approving the trial, which will be published on the NSW Legislation website.

Any trials that involve a request for funding from the Smart Innovation Centre will be managed through an Expression of Interest process, with criteria announced at the time that the Expression of Interest is released.