Australia and Michigan Sign Transportation Agreement

With connected and intelligent transportation systems functioning in a global market, it is critical to have cooperation between nations and states to face the issues that apply to connected and self-driving vehicles.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Broad of Australia held a ceremonial signing to collaborate on high-tech vehicle and road systems that will improve transportation safety. 

Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle was in Melbourne, Australia, representing the governor for the memorandum of understanding (MOU) ceremonial signing.

“This MOU builds on Michigan’s leadership to accelerate the worldwide implementation and acceptance of connected and automated vehicle technologies,” Snyder said. “This agreement establishes a great partnership through which we will share research and knowledge between Michigan and Australia in the development and deployment of intelligent vehicle transportation. We need to ensure technology and safety go hand-in-hand with progress.”

Additional benefits of the memorandum include the sharing of experiences and lessons to speed the education needed to ensure the safety of autonomous vehicles and increased awareness of potential partnerships, supply-chain assistance and testing capabilities between Australian and Michigan automotive companies.

“Over 90 percent of crashes are estimated to result at least in part from human choices, so the potential benefits from sharing of expertise and experience between our two jurisdictions are enormous,” said Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack. “This is just one way the government is promoting safer vehicles on safer roads, including for our regions where road crashes remain unacceptably high.”

This is the fourth memorandum signed between Michigan and other nations, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and China.

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