The university, which says it is the first in Australia to undertake the trial, will use an autonomous and 1005 electric bus, built by French-based company Navya, which seats 11 passengers and can travel up to 45km per hour on a pre-determined route in Perth.
The bus uses programming and remote sensors, stereo cameras and GPS systems and is programmed to follow a route with exact rules as to when it can start, stop and negotiate temporary obstacles.
The autonomous bus will be in operation at Curtin’s Bentley campus from late March and will further strengthen the University’s commitment to embracing and developing new technologies and innovation.
Curtin University vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the trial would provide Curtin with a significant range of research opportunities and benefits while collaborating with major industry partners to enable further technology development.
“A wide range of Curtin research groups are looking to the future implementation of robotic and autonomous vehicles in areas such as health, traffic, communications, infrastructure and navigation technologies, including the public confidence in these quickly emerging technologies.
“Autonomous vehicles will transform not only the way we commute, but how we engage with our community and environment. Potential impacts of driverless technology include safer and more sustainable transport, more mobility options for people who are unable to drive and a reduction in traffic congestion and noise pollution.”