Adelaide, AU is piloting AVs

Adelaide is center stage for the state of South Australia’s $10 million Future Mobility Lab Fund, which seeks to kickstart city AV solutions focused on people with limited mobility and catalyze the creation of a new industry in the region. Ten pilots running through 2019 are getting underway, including:

  • A driverless shuttle connecting Adelaide Airport’s terminal and long-term parking facilities
  • An AV minibus route on the campus of Flinders University
  • A self-driving cargo service operating within the 150-acre Tonsley Innovation Precinct, a redevelopment area located on a former car factory site, involving pod vehicles modified to transport standard freight containers.

An international array of technology partners includes RDM (UK), AutonomousStuff (US), and a variety of shuttle makers (e.g. NAVYA, Easy Mile, Local Motors). Adelaide is the first city in Australia to introduce legislation to allow for on-road trials of AVs which has modernized reporting requirements and streamlined monitoring of all AV pilots.

Updates

2018-01-05: RDM Group announced the arrival of two new Pod Zero AVs to begin testing of driverless cargo service within the Tonsley Innovation District tests, beginning in March. Link

Further Reading

http://www.premier.sa.gov.au/index.php/stephen-mullighan-news-releases/7231-sa-driving-autonomous-technology-with-5-6m-for-driverless-shuttles-and-cargo-pods

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