Keynote speaker at the upcoming International Driverless Vehicle Summit, Anne Still, says results of RAC’s Automated Vehicle Trial held in Western Australia clearly show that passengers have given driverless vehicle technology the thumbs up.
The RAC General Manager of Public Policy said nearly 6,000 people had enjoyed the Intellibus experience since the trial first started in August 2016, with thousands more on a waiting list for a ride.
“This trial has been one of the most progressive in the world and the public support for this technology has been astounding, and reflects the genuine interest that people have when it comes to a safer, cleaner and more convenient way of transport” Ms Still said.
“We have welcomed a broad cross-section of passengers, from seven year olds to many nonagenarians and they have confirmed that 97 percent believe that driverless buses, like the RAC Intellibus®, could be used as an effective transport service in the future,” she said.
“These are the perfect sized vehicles for the ‘first or last mile’ where passengers need to be ferried from an airport or train terminal to their hotel, or from their home to a nearby public transport node.”
RAC research shows that despite driverless technology being in the early stages of development, just under half of Western Australian’s feel positive towards them, with 28 per cent being extremely so.
“Currently, one in two Western Australians are very or extremely likely to travel in an automated vehicle which is privately owned, while four out of five people understand that fully automated vehicles will be commercially available sometime between 2020 and 2030, which aligns with the timeframe that most manufacturers are claiming their vehicles will be released into the market,” she said.
“To truly take advantage of the potential benefits these vehicles offer, it is important to test and evaluate automated vehicle technology while it is still in development. Governments and industry must work together to support such trials and to prepare a roadmap for the safe transition to these vehicles.”
The RAC Intellibus can carry up to 11 passengers and has a maximum speed of about 40km per hour. The trial, which has been conducted by the Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC) in partnership with the Western Australian government, the City of South Perth and vehicle manufacturer NAVYA, carries passengers on a 3.5km route along South Perth Esplanade.
The 2nd International Driverless Vehicle Summit – which will be held in Adelaide, South Australia on 16-17 November 2017 – has a theme of ‘Translating technology to real world deployment’, and delegates will hear updates from an array of prominent ADVI partners and other national and international experts. More about the Summit and the exciting 2-day program can be found at http://www.idvs2017.com.au/
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