Driv­ing re­search

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STU­DENTS at Curtin Univer­sity boarded a driver­less bus last month.

A univer­sity spokesper­son said it was the first ter­tiary in­sti­tute in Aus­tralia to use a driver­less bus on cam­pus.

The au­ton­o­mous, 100 per cent elec­tric bus, built by a French-based com­pany, seats 11 pas­sen­gers and can travel up to 45km/h on a pre-de­ter­mined route, us­ing com­puter pro­gram­ming and re­mote sen­sors, stereo cam­eras and GPS.

Univer­sity vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Deb­o­rah Terry said the au­ton­o­mous bus trial would pro­vide Curtin with a sig­nif­i­cant range of re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties and ben­e­fits while col­lab­o­rat­ing with ma­jor in­dus­try part­ners to en­able fur­ther tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment.

“A wide range of Curtin re­search groups are look­ing to the fu­ture im­ple­men­ta­tion of ro­botic and au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles in areas such as health, traf­fic, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, in­fra­struc­ture and nav­i­ga­tion tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing the pub­lic con­fi­dence in these quickly emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies,” Pro­fes­sor Terry said.

“Au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles will trans­form not only the way we com­mute but how we en­gage with our com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment. Po­ten­tial im­pacts of driver­less tech­nol­ogy in­clude safer and more sus­tain­able trans­port, more mo­bil­ity op­tions for peo­ple who are un­able to drive and a re­duc­tion in traf­fic con­ges­tion and noise pol­lu­tion.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467396

Curtin Univer­sity stu­dents Kate De La Cruz, Evie Dodge and Michael D'Costa on the new driver­less bus.

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