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Aussies are this week experiencing what could be the future of transport in Australia, with the arrival of the autonomous EZ10 shuttle in Canberra from Transdev and EasyMile.
As part of a “Driverless Roadtrip” at key locations around Australia and New Zealand, Transdev is providing free public demonstrations in select capital cities and regional centres to provide locals with a first-hand experience of this new and leading technology.
“Self-driving shuttles are no longer a fantasy, the technology is attractive and ready to be adopted in a range of contexts in our cities today,” said Kathy Lazanas, Trandev. “Autonomous shuttles are starting to show their worth as a means to improve connections particularly for first-mile, last mile connections.”
Kathy continued, “We want to spread the excitement about autonomous shuttles, and extend the conversation from online tech forums and events like here today, to the dining tables and water coolers of everyday Australians and New Zealanders.”
Transport Canberra, Deputy Director General, Duncan Edghill said, “The ACT Government is introducing a better, seven-day public transport network. The new network will include nine Rapid Routes to be serviced by both light rail and buses, providing more frequent and direct services across Canberra. Our new network will make it easier than ever before for all Canberrans to get where they need to go”.
“The technology on display here today takes us a step closer to introducing autonomous driving technology to Canberra, which will complement our suite of multi-modal transport options.”
EasyMile’s Simon Pearce said the demonstrations highlight the impressive capabilities and safety features of the EZ10, and the benefits of self-driving technology more broadly. “The EZ10 fully autonomous driverless shuttle, with a capacity of 12 customers, has been designed to cover short pre-defined routes through embedded and localisation technologies developed by EasyMile. Using the latest sensory technology, the vehicle can safely respond to environmental changes like moving pedestrians, cyclists and other cars.”
“The EZ10 will change the way people move around their communities, allowing more people to enjoy life simplified by the fact that they can now get where they are going, safer, quicker and easier than ever before,” Simon said.
Following the Canberra visit, from 23 to 27 November, the Driverless Roadtrip to continue to Cairns from 4 to 8 December and Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast from 14 to 16 December.
“Together with autonomous vehicle manufacturer EasyMile, Telstra and the ACT Government, Transdev is showcasing how autonomous shuttles could be part of everyday life in Canberra. It is the future of transport.”
For the latest information about upcoming tour stops and reports from the road, visit www.transdev.com.au/driverlessroadtrip.
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