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Australia’s first driverless bus hits the road in Perth Featured

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The RAC in Western Australia has started testing a driverless, fully electric shuttle bus on roads in Perth, with other traffic, and passengers aboard.

The first on-road trial of a driverless vehicle in Australia is part of the RAC’s future plans for transport options in the state, including the adaption of new technologies.

The RAC Intellibus is being tested on a route including the South Perth Esplanade, interacting with traffic, parked cars, cyclists and pedestrians.

The trial route is 25 minutes and the driverless bus travels at an average speed of 25kmph, carrying up to 11 passengers.

The shuttle bus developed through NAVYA, a French company specialising in intelligent transport systems arrived in Perth earlier this year and was initially tested in off-road areas.

RAC Group chief executive Terry Agnew said Western Australia is leading the way in exploring the possibilities of driverless vehicle technology, with the RAC Intellibus trial set to be the first in the country, and among the first in the world.

“This trial is an Australian-first, and will be a real trial incorporating members of the public travelling on public roads,” he 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 on to our roads and become an integrated part of our transport system."

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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