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‘Long way to go’ to convince public driverless cars are safe

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Over 12,000 automated cars have hit some of Sydney’s busiest roads.

The high-tech vehicles are being tested on the M2, M7, the Harbour and Lane Cove tunnels, as well as the Eastern Distributor.

The trial has fallen on the same day a self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in the US, raising questions about whether automated cars are safe.

Roads Minister Melinda Pavey assures Ben Fordham drivers must be in control of their car and keep their hands on the wheel.

“Having seen what I’ve seen… that technology is incredible.

“These cars can pull you up and stop you putting people at risk.

“We have a long way to go to convince the rest of the motoring public that this is safe.”

Ms Pavey has also revealed Ben Fordham’s push to get tougher on suspended drivers getting back behind the wheel has sparked tougher action.

She says Police Minister Troy Grant and NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller will now conduct more follow-ups with disqualified drivers.

“They’re going to be doing more follow-ups with drivers that have been suspended, that have been doing the wrong thing to make sure they’re not back on the roads.”

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