Discussion paper

Vehicles are increasingly capturing a range of useful data about the road environment, the vehicle itself and the way it is used. The vehicle industry is also rapidly expanding the capability of vehicles to connect and share data. This could provide a new opportunity for governments to improve their transportation systems through access to and use of this new data. If government access is not considered in a nationally consistent way, governments risk creating a fragmented, overly burdensome or low-access data environment.

Australia’s transport agencies have identified that this new data will be important for operating more dynamic and responsive transportation systems. This new vehicle-generated data has the potential to improve road safety, optimise the road network and better inform network planning. For this report we have defined vehicle-generated data as any data generated by a vehicle that produces information about the vehicle, the environment around the vehicle or the use of the vehicle.

The purpose of this project is to develop policy options for government access to and use of vehicle-generated data for the purposes of road safety, network operations, investment, maintenance and planning.

The purpose of this discussion paper is to:

  • discuss our understanding of key issues and challenges arising from government access to vehicle-generated data
  • seek views on the opportunity statement and problem statements contained in this paper
  • seek views on options that could address these problems.

Submissions on this discussion paper are due by Friday 3 July 2020.

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