Rita Excell

Executive Director
Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative

Rita is the Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Centre of Excellence and is responsible for delivering ADVI’s contribution to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicle technologies into Australia.


Her prior roles include Regional Manager of Australian Road Research Board’s South Australian office. Rita managed key strategic policy projects for State Road Authorities and organisations that manage public and private road infrastructure.


Rita is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience, which has included roles in Local Government and more than 13 years with RAA – where she worked on strategic transport planning, road safety and advocacy. She is currently the Vice President of the IPWEA Australasia board, where she also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. Currently, Rita is the Transport Expert for the Port Adelaide Enfield Council Assessment Panel, as well as a member of the New South Wales and South Australian Connected and Automated Vehicle Industry Reference Groups.



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