The National Transport Commission (NTC), the independent advisory body in Australia says people under the influence of drugs and alcohol should be allowed to use driverless cars without breaking the law.
The advisory body says current laws could reduce the uptake of automated vehicles, including the law that requires occupants of self-driving cars to comply with drink driving laws.
The NTC says this could create a barrier to using a vehicle to safely drive home after drinking.
The NTC says in a discussion paper released recently that allowing people to use automated vehicles after drinking alcohol has the potential to actually improve road safety by reducing drink driving.
The NTC did however note that there is a risk that a person under the influence of alcohol or drugs could choose to take over the car, in which case the NTC suggests that drink and drug driving offences apply.