Melbourne could have driverless taxis in as little as two years

Melbourne could have driverless taxis in two to seven years, according to fresh projections by Infrastructure Victoria.

Expected between 2020 and 2025, driverless taxi fleets, operating similar to Uber, could be cruising on specific roads within a controlled area of Melbourne.

Michael Masson, chief executive of Infrastruture Victoria said, “The technology is ready to be deployed in the US, and therefore we say if that’s already being deployed out there, then technically it could be developed over here.”

Driverless cars could bring a massive $14.9 billion annual boost to the economy as well as safety and environmental benefits.

If all cars were driverless and emission-free, this could save 400 lives a year, and cut about a quarter of the state’s greenhouse emissions compared with 2015. That’s equal to the reduction needed to meet the state’s 2020 emissions target.

efore autonomous vehicles can be rolled out more widely, street signs and line markings would need to change, huge parking bays would need to be built, and mobile network coverage would need to be expanded to all unsealed roads, costing an estimated $1.7 billion.

The technology would transform the workforce, with 72,000 jobs in the transport and freight industry to be lost, the report found.

Source: Driverless cabs may be as little as two years away – www.smh.com.au

25 Aug 2018