How governments influence autonomous vehicle (AV) innovation

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While autonomous vehicle (AV) technology is forecast to widely disrupt transport systems, governments’ roles in influencing this innovation have not been examined holistically. This empirical study analyses the perceptions of 34 professionals from government and non-government actors in the U.K. and Australia. Our findings identify three main categories of government roles: regulator, facilitator and participator and illustrate how different policy mechanisms align within this framework to shape AV innovation. The paper discusses the implications of the interrelationships between these roles within each context, as well as how governments can apply them to pursue transport policy goals. This research provides an important contribution to understanding how local policy environments around the world might shape the development and eventual implementation of AV technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103874
JournalTransportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


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