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At the end of August, an on-road trial of a fully electric driverless shuttle bus took its first cruise alongside regular traffic in Western Australia, marking the final stage of the trial process since its arrival in Perth earlier this year.

Innovative automated vehicle technology

The Royal Automobile Club of WA’s Intellibus was made in France by NAVYA SAS. It is equipped with stereovision cameras that can ‘see’ and detect objects, a GPS, as well as in-built autonomous emergency breaking. It has capacity for 15 passengers, with a maximum speed of 45mh and an average speed of 25mh.

Western Australia’s Innovation Minister, Bill Marmion said, "WA is leading Australia in trialing this innovative automated vehicle technology. The State Government wants the best integrated and intelligent transport services and solutions for Western Australia. 

This trial is a great example of how innovation can improve service delivery to the community and reduce our environmental footprint. Our learnings from this trial will create an enhanced framework for other trials of automated driving technology in the future.

Adoption of new technology increases the need for other specialist roles such as mechanics, programmers and technicians. Boosting innovation across all Western Australian industries is crucial to a dynamic, thriving economy and for securing our reputation as a great place to live and innovate."

Members of the public have been invited to register for a chance to ride the RAC Intellibus via the following link:  http://www.racintellibus.com.au

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