In August 2016, Australia’s first fully driverless and electric shuttle bus, the RAC Intellibus™, hit the roads in South Perth as part of an exciting trial.
Australians love to drive. Yet when it comes to climate change, the greenhouse gas emissions from petrol and diesel engines are seriously bad news. The more people choose to drive their own cars – rather than rely on public transport – the more cars appear on our roads, and the more emissions we produce. More cars also leads to more congestion and therefore, more fuel being burnt. In the year to 2015, emissions from Australian transport accounted for 17% of our total greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s why the Western Australian government has been working with the The Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC), to find a solution.
In August 2016, Australia’s first driverless electric shuttle bus , the RAC Intellibus™, hit the roads in South Perth as part of an exciting trial. The bus can transport up to 11 passengers and operates at an average speed of 25km per hour. It helps alleviate traffic congestion by reducing the number of vehicles on the road, and being electric, negates potential carbon emissions.
Since the shuttle arrived in South Perth in April, RAC has been working with the Western Australian government, specialist technicians and the vehicle manufacturer NAVYA to test the shuttle in a closed environment.
When it comes to tackling climate change, the RAC Intellibus™ is very exciting – setting an impressive national and international example of how electric, driverless vehicles can be effectively integrated into Australia’s overall transport system. The Western Australia government hopes that that this trial will start a conversation on further trials, research and collaboration, which will lead to more electric driverless vehicles being used across Australia – and the world.
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