This decision regulation impact statement (RIS) uses a multi-criteria analysis to assess options for the safety assurance of automated driving systems (ADSs). The baseline option (option 1) does not develop a new safety assurance system. The reform options (2, 3 and 4) all introduce safety assurance systems based on mandatory self-certification by automated driving system entities. These options have increasing levels of government oversight.
Following consultation on the options we recommend an approach that incorporates self-certification against safety criteria for ADSs into Australian Design Rules (option 2) to manage safety at first supply. We recommend further work to consider the most appropriate way to manage the safety of ADSs while they are inservice. This work will consider safety duties and the parties they should apply to, and the institutional arrangements that should govern the in-service framework.