South Australia Embraces Driverless Buses

Posted on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 by CarTakeBack

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South Australia is going to become the first state to have driverless electric buses that can be used by the public. An autonomous vehicle hub is being built in Adelaide involving Transit Australia Group (TAG), and EasyMile, a driverless technology company with headquarters in France.

The autonomous vehicle hub will operate from TAG's Precision Buses site in Adelaide and its expected that start dates will be confirmed later this year.

Driverless Bus From EasyMile

Photo Credit: EasyMile 

The trial will involve EasyMile's EZ10 driverless buses, which can drive up to 14 hours on a single charge and carry up to 15 passengers, with eight seated and seven standing. EZ10s are currently manufactured in France, but TAG has said that they may be built locally in the future if the trials are successful.

TAG CEO Michael McGee has said: “South Australia has the opportunity to benefit immensely in all areas of this emerging industry.”

With the state government backing various clean energy and energy storage projects, as well as autonomous vehicle trials, South Australia is becoming a hotbed of innovative technological advances.

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