The South Australian Government has launched a new, free autonomous shuttle service as part of its Playford Connect autonomous bus trial.
The City of Playford is working with autonomous vehicle manufacturer EasyMile, intelligent transport system specialists SAGE Automation and the South Australian Government to improve the provision of public transport in the area, while also supporting the development of the autonomous vehicle industry. The first phase of the trial concluded in June.
“This trial is a great example of how we can embrace new technology to deliver better services and fill gaps that exist in our network,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.
“This autonomous vehicle trial will provide a first and last mile service, transporting commuters from the train station to the Playford Alive Township.
“South Australia is ahead of the curve in this space having launched Australia’s first on-road trial on an autonomous shuttle at Tonsley in June last year.”
For EasyMile, the project is an opportunity to showcase how its autonomous technology can help provide much-needed public transport in South Australia and beyond.
“We see the City of Playford and more generally the Adelaide Metropolitan Area as ideal environments for the integration of autonomous shuttles to help address public transport challenges,” said Greg Giraud, Managing Director for EasyMile ANZ.
Meanwhile, City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the city was the ideal location for the trial. “We are proud to be playing a part in shaping future transport mobility for communities like ours,” said Docherty.