March 21st, 2017

Driverless shuttles and cargo pods trials announced for SA

Three ADVI program partners – RDM Group, Adelaide Airport and Flinders University – have today been announced as the first-round recipients of the South Australian Government’s $10m Future Mobility Lab Fund.

The funded projects will boost local testing, research and development of driverless vehicle technologies, and provide the community with first-hand experience of the benefits on offer.

One of the projects will enable visitor transfers between Adelaide Airport’s terminal and the long-term carpark using three driverless shuttles, while an additional $1m will assist to fund autonomous pods supplied by RDM Group to transport goods around the Tonsley precinct.

A $1m grant has also been announced for Flinders University, which is collaborating with RAA on a 3-year driverless shuttle project valued at $4m, which will include the development of a mobile app that will allow people arriving by bus or train to arrange for a shuttle to take them to their final campus destination.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan, said “As a Government we have been focused on fostering the development of an autonomous technology industry in South Australia to claim a share of an industry predicted to be worth $90 billion globally by 2030.”

ADVI Executive Director, Rita Excell welcomed the first three of a total of seven projects to be funded.

“This investment positions local organisations to secure a share of a specialised high-tech international export market, and ADVI looks forward to showcasing the progress of these projects at the 2nd International Driverless Vehicle Summit in Adelaide between 15th- 17th November 2017.”

More about the grant announcement can be found at