Sydney’s driverless shuttle has opened to first wave of passengers

In October, NSW’s first driverless shuttle bus operating around Sydney’s Olympic Park will open to the public after successfully transporting its first group of passengers.

The opening of the driverless trial represents the next stage of the government’s two-year trial of the technology which began in August 2017.

The public is expected to be able to book free rides via the Smart Innovation Centre and trial partner websites which will take them along a closed section of Olympic Boulevard during the school holidays.

The shuttle from French company Navya is designed to carry up to 12 passengers at a time and can travel up to 40 kilometres an hour. It features light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors to perceive its surroundings.

Transport minister Andrew Constance said he was “very excited” to see the first passengers begin to use the vehicles.

“The ultimate goal of this landmark trial is to find the best way to harness the next generation of driverless technology and how to make it work for the people of NSW,” he said.

“We want to bring customers along on the journey, giving them the opportunity to experience this technology and respond to the vehicle so we can implement the feedback as we work towards a connected and automated future.”

“We want to use the trial to help develop the systems that will enable automated vehicles to be connected to our infrastructure, like traffic lights and to our customers through their devices and applications,” Constance said.

Source: ITNews.com.au – Sydney’s driverless shuttle opens to first passengers

3 Oct 2018