Armidale, AU is piloting AVs

In 2019, Australia’s longest driverless shuttle route opened for business the city of Armidale, a town of 31,000 located halfway between Brisbane and Sydney. The 5-km pilot began in February on the University of New England (UNE) campus. In July, the pilot expanded to include a route covering the central business district and New England Regional Art Museum, where the shuttles interacted with mixed traffic and roundabouts.

The effort was organized under the Armidale Regional Driverless Initiative (ARDi), a partnership between Transport for NSW, Armidale Regional Council, EasyMile, Transdev, WSP, UNE, QBE Insurance and Edwards Buses. The partnership also conducted a survey to gather customer feedback on the service.

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