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Perth home to world’s first driverless on-demand vehicles

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Perth is now home to one of the world’s first driverless, on-demand vehicles, after the official unveiling of the RAC Intellicar.

“Human error is the cause of the vast majority of road deaths and serious injuries, so if we can help WA and Australia safely transition to driverless vehicles sooner, hundreds of Australian lives could be saved.” 

RAC Group CEO, Terry Agnew

They Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC) is spearheading corporate innovation leadership as it introduces the newest addition to its automated vehicle program - the RAC Intellicar.

The program is supported by the Western Australian Government and vehicle manufacturer, NAVYA.

RAC Group CEO, Terry Agnew, said the arrival of the prototype vehicle was a significant transportation milestone for both Western Australia and Australia.

“Human error is the cause of the vast majority of road deaths and serious injuries, so if we can help WA and Australia safely transition to driverless vehicles sooner, hundreds of Australian lives could be saved,” Mr Agnew said.

NAVYA CEO, Christophe Sapet, said “Australia is a strategic place to test, showcase and deploy new technologies in the region. The government’s, as well as RAC’s, enthusiasm for new vehicle technology, innovation and the need to make smart mobility solutions readily available to the community in this part of the world has led us to confirm one of our trials here in Western Australia.”

RAC expects to take delivery of additional Intellicars later this year. Over coming months RAC will work with the State Government to identify potential trial locations, with public trials planned for 2019.

To read more about the Intellicar click here.
 

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