Applications open for $10m to boost connected, autonomous car technology in SA

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The South Australian Government is inviting applications for the $10 million Future Mobility Lab Fund to boost local testing, research and development of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

From today, companies, industry bodies, research institutions and other organisations are able

to submit creative proposals which will accelerate the development and implementation of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

The proposals will focus on three themes:

 Autonomous vehicle testing and demonstrations

  •  Propose testing of vehicles and technologies in both off-road laboratory conditions and real world environment in general mixed traffic conditions.
  •  Connected vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure pilots and demonstrations
  •  Propose pilots and demonstrations for next-generation technology in infrastructure and in vehicles.

 Research and Development

  •  Propose projects that enable and accelerate the development and deployment of autonomous and connected vehicles.
  • The fund is worth $10 million over three years.
  • Further information is available at the Future Mobility Lab Fund’s website including eligibility and assessment guidelines.


The initiative builds on South Australia’s achievements of:

  •   Staging the first on-road trials in the Southern Hemisphere
  •   Hosting the first international driverless car conference in Australia
  •   Introducing Australian-first legislation to allow for on-road trials of autonomous vehicles

Interested applicants are invited to email [email protected] with any questions.

All projects must take place in South Australia.

Overseas-based partners are encouraged to participate by partnering with local South Australian small to medium enterprises, universities and other organisations. Twitter: @sa_press_sec

Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

Connected and autonomous vehicles have enormous potential to save lives, reduce congestion and help people get around our community with more freedom.

This technology can add to the improvements we are making to our roads with the South Road upgrades, increased road maintenance spending and Operation Moving Traffic measures to improve traffic flow.

We want proposals which will open up new opportunities for South Australian businesses and workers.

South Australia is leading the nation in embracing this new era in automotive technology and this investment is aimed to grow jobs in this new part of the car industry.

This is the next step in giving South Australia vital access to this burgeoning industry expected to be worth $90 billion globally in less than 15 years.

Our State is already home to world-leading companies such as Cohda Wireless, SAGE Automation and Sydac and we want to provide opportunities to further grow and keep building on these impressive success stories.



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