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Self-driving cars are now legal in NSW -- and a driverless bus is coming to Sydney Olympic Park

Volvo’s driverless cars being trialled in South Australia in 2015. Source: supplied

New laws to allow automated vehicles on News South Wales roads were passed by the state parliament this week

The legislation allows the roads minister Melinda Pavey to approve trials on the state’s roads and follows last week’s announcement that the government will trial a driverless shuttle bus at Sydney Olympic Park.

The two-year trail involves HMI Technologies, NRMA, Telstra and IAG, initially at the Newington Armory for off-road tests.

“We will then extend the trial to public use with the shuttle making the rounds on the roads at Sydney Olympic Park,” Pavey said.

Workers at Sydney Olympic Park were expected to begin using the automated shuttle next year.

“We want to use the trial to help develop the systems that will enable automated vehicles to be connected to our infrastructure, like traffic lights and to our customers through their devices and applications,” Pavey said.

More details on the NSW Smart Shuttle trial are available here.

Under current road rules in the state, a human driver must remain in control of a car at all times, but the government and Transport for NSW also planning to use a Volvo XC90 – the same car used in trials of autonomous vehicles in south Australia two years ago – to investigate the capabilities of the technology on roads in the state.

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