WA’s driverless electric bus


Driverless electric bus trial to go ahead at driving centre in Perth this year

WA’s driverless electric bus
The driverless electric shuttle bus to be trialled in Perth this year has been developed by French company NAVYA SAS

 

A driverless electric bus will be trialled in Western Australia (WA) this year, the WA Government announced this week.

The shuttle bus has been developed by French company NAVYA SAS, can transport 15 passengers and has a maximum speed of 45 kilometres an hour.

The trial will be the first of its kind in Australia and WA transport minister Dean Nalder is determined for the state to lead the way on emerging public transport technology.

"It is not a matter of if this technology will come to WA, but when it will and that time is fast approaching," he says.

"Initially, the trials will be conducted at Royal Automobile Club (RAC) driving centre, but eventually the shuttle will take to Perth roads."

The trial will allow the WA Government to learn about autonomous vehicle technology, to understand what work must be undertaken to introduce the technology, and to ensure compliance with road and vehicle safety standards.

"It is important West Australians are aware this technology is not confined to Hollywood blockbusters, but is actually coming to Perth," Nalder says.

"To ensure we are working towards providing the best integrated and intelligent transport services and solutions for the state, it is important to trial new innovative modes of transport and this is one of those modes."

The shuttle bus has advanced features such as radar cruise control and lane detection warning systems.

"Another of the safety features of the shuttle bus is its multi-sensor technology, providing 3D perception that allows it to map the environment, detect obstacles on the road and interpret traffic signs," Nalder says.

The WA Department of Transport is now working with RAC to identify the routes on Perth roads where further trials may be held.

 

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