Automated and zero emissions vehicles could be the biggest thing to happen to transport since the car itself. In October 2017, the Victorian Government asked Infrastructure Victoria to provide advice on what infrastructure is required to pave the way for highly automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria.
This paper provides an overview of the evidence Infrastructure Victoria will consider in developing its final advice to the Victorian Government, which will be delivered in October 2018.
While there’s a lot of existing local and international information about automated and zero emissions vehicles, much of it is highly uncertain. The data and evidence we have collected and developed aims to address these uncertainties and enable us to provide a well-considered and transparent response to government.
To develop this evidence base, we engaged subject matter experts to conduct technical research and modelling in areas such as transport, energy, ICT and land use, specific to the Victorian context. We undertook a comprehensive literature review to find out what research had already been published on infrastructure and automated and zero emissions vehicles, and what might be relevant to Victoria. We also consulted with leading jurisdictions to find out what lessons could be learned for Victoria. The evidence base discussed in this paper considers the seven scenarios outlined in the Future Scenarios report, released in May 2018.
The Future Scenarios report outlined seven scenarios to allow us to isolate and test the impacts of different elements of technologies and market models. The scenarios were designed to complement rather than compete with each other, and no one scenario is intended to be the most probable outcome. It’s likely that we will see a mix of all of the scenarios on the road in the future.