Perth welcome to the world of tomorrow!
A driverless electric bus had its first run on Perth’s roads today in an Australian-first trial.
Purchased by the RAC, the shuttle bus can transport up to 15 passengers and has a maximum speed of 45km/h with an average speed of 25km/h.
The on-road trial will see the bus follow a 25-minute route over three weeks between Sir James Mitchell Park and the Old Mill in South Perth from September 12 to October 1.
RAC Intellibus in Action
The Liberal National Government has been working closely with the RAC to ensure compliance with road and vehicle safety standards.
Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said WA was leading the country in trialling this innovative automated vehicle technology.
“The RAC recently completed off-road trials and can now test this technology on an approved on-road route in Perth’s metropolitan area,” Mr Marmion said.
“The State Government wants the best integrated and intelligent transport services and solutions for WA.
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“This trial is a great example of how innovation can improve service delivery to the community and reduce our environmental footprint.”
The Minister said the adoption of new technology will increase the need for specialist jobs 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,” Mr Marmion said.
Register for a Ride
Members of the public can register to ride the bus during the trial at racintellibus.com.au.
For more information about the future of driverless vehicles in the Transport @ 3.5 million plan.
This article first appeared on news.wa.gov.au/driverless-bus-trial-the-first-in-the-nation