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Victoria’s first driverless shuttle bus trial goes ‘live’ at La Trobe University

Featured image via La Trobe University’s official Twitter Page.

Victoria’s first driverless shuttle bus will transport students around La Trobe University in Bundoora following support from the Andrews Labor Government.

The Autonobus has brought together world-leading experts in automated vehicle technology in a trial which will help shape Victoria’s transport future.

The trial will run until July 2018, examining all aspects of safety, operations, passenger experience and integration.

The bus will operate along Science Drive at La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus, shuttling travellers from public transport interchanges and carparks and allowing them to hop off close to their destination.

The Labor Government has invested AU$375,000 to support the trial through the Smarter Journeys Program, with VicRoads experts providing expertise in road safety and transport systems.

The trial will also bring together La Trobe University, Keolis Downer, HMI Technologies, ARRB and the RACV.

The Autonobus is equipped with advanced sensor systems that can detect objects with incredibly fast response times and has gone through rigorous testing before taking passengers.

Autonobus can work on either a demand system or on a timed system. On a demand system, customers can ‘call’ the shuttle a bit like calling an elevator. The shuttle then travels along the route and stops at the programmed stop. On a timed system, Autonobus will run on a set timetable, picking up passengers at each designated stop.

While Autonobus is designed as an automated, driverless shuttle, it will be supervised by an operator at all times who can take over if required. This human operator will also monitor the trial of the vehicle and its operations.

During the trial testing phase, customers can register to ride the Autonobus here.

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