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Driverless cars to trial on Vic roads

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Rachel Gray

The death toll from human error could almost be wiped out if a driverless car trial on Victorian roads is successful.

The trial will monitor how the cars interact with overhead lane signals, electronic speed signs and line markings on the Monash- Citylink-Tullamarine corridor beginning in March.

During the trials expected continue for up to two years, a human driver will sit behind the steering wheel ready to take control in the event of a potential accident.

"By removing human error from the equation, autonomous vehicles will play a critical role in reducing deaths and serious injuries on Victorian roads" Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said in a statement on Thursday.

Road users will need to wait at least 10 years to own a driverless car as the technology being trialled is still in its infancy.

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