February 9th, 2017

Developers and operators invited to provide driverless vehicles for Australian testing

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Developers and operators invited to provide driverless vehicles for Australian testing

ADVI, in partnership with Investment Attraction South Australia (IASA), is inviting companies to submit a “Request for Information” for the supply of up to 15 driverless vehicles and associated services for first and last mile public transport options.

ADVI Executive Director, Ms Rita Excell, said state-based, national and overseas companies were encouraged to register an interest in providing the vehicles, associated systems, services and technologies needed to integrate driverless vehicle capability within existing Australian public transport services.
“This is an important first step towards demonstrating the benefits of driverless vehicles in real world settings, and provide commuters with much more flexible beginning and drop-off options” Ms Excell said.
“We invite vehicle developers and transport operators to provide technically capable vehicles to operate on public roads for commuters to use in urban streets and pedestrian precincts,” she said.
“While the specific passenger size is not specified in the ROI, we are keen to explore a variety of options and look forward to input from companies about what they think is the most efficient and economical mix of shuttles and/or similar vehicles, and how best to communicate with users about arrival and departure information.”
Companies submitting an RFI will also need to demonstrate how they will establish a South Australian base to assemble the vehicles used in the pilot program, with opportunities for the successful company to work with Australian-based organisations to refine and enhance existing technology and to share data.
To register for a copy of the RFI when it is released, please send an email to info@advi.org.au