Automated trial to continue
SAFETY FIRST FOR SELF-DRIVERS
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.