Au­to­mated trial to con­tinue


Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE -

TRI­ALS of au­to­mated ve­hi­cles (AV) in South Perth will con­tinue de­spite an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a self-driv­ing Uber that hit and killed a pedes­trian in Ari­zona last month.

In 2016, the Royal Au­to­mo­bile Club (RAC), sup­ported by the City of South Perth, launched the first AV trial in Aus­tralia with the RAC In­tel­libus.

Since the trial started, more than 10,000km have been trav­elled in driver­less mode by the In­tel­libus.

RAC pub­lic pol­icy gen­eral man­ager Anne Still said the in­ci­dent in Ari­zona was very sad and her thoughts were with those af­fected.

“We recog­nise there is al­ways an ele­ment of risk when test­ing new tech­nol­ogy such as this, which is why safety is, and will con­tinue to be, the pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tion through­out our own au­to­mated ve­hi­cle tri­als in Perth,” she said.

“Com­pre­hen­sive risk mit­i­ga­tion and safety mea­sures are em­bed­ded into ev­ery as­pect of the trial, in­clud­ing hu­man chap­er­ones who are present on ev­ery trip and who have been spe­cially trained to en­sure safety of the par­tic­i­pants, other road users and pedes­tri­ans.”

In ad­di­tion to the In­tel­libus, the RAC late last year an­nounced its plans to test driver­less pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles with French AV man­u­fac­turer Navya.

Those tri­als are ex­pected to start this month.

The RAC In­tel­libus op­er­at­ing in South Perth.

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