There have been rapid advances in vehicle technology, with an increased use of sensors and faster computer processing in vehicles. These developments have enabled ever-increasing levels of functions to be controlled by the vehicle, rather than the driver. This webpage sets out Ministry’s roles around autonomous vehicles, gives information on what autonomous vehicles are, and outlines their operation conditions and regulatory settings in New Zealand.  

You can see our work below:

While we carry out our work on AVs, we also closely monitor the developments of other jurisdictions when considering policy issues. Some of the thinking we follow can be found at the following web addresses

For any enquiries on the Ministry’s Autonomous Vehicles work programme, please email us at