Australia has made another step towards a driverless future with the start of an on-road trial of the country's first fully driverless and electric shuttle bus in Western Australia.
RAC WA has been working with the state government, specialist technicians and the vehicle's manufacturer NAVYA to take the bus from closed testing to the open road. The trial will take place in South Perth, where the RAC Intellibus will carry passengers and interact with traffic, parked cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
"This trial is an Australian first and will be a real trial incorporating members of the public travelling on public roads," RAC Group Chief Executive Officer Terry Agnew said. "We anticipate this first step in exploring driverless technology will start a conversation on further trials, research and collaboration, which will increase WA's understanding of how driverless vehicles can integrate into our transport system. "The trial will help WA develop a roadmap of changes that will need to occur for driverless vehicles to safely transition onto our roads and become an integrated part of our transport system." The RAC Intellibus can transport up to 11 passengers and will operate at an average speed of 25km/h.
More information is available online at racintellibus.com.au