Drive to fix parking woes
DRIVERLESS CARS TOUTED AS SOLUTION
SOUTH PERTH DRIVERLESS vehicles could provide a solution to potential parking problems around South Perth, according to a leading expert in the field.
Australia Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) executive steering committee chairman Peter Damen spoke about the benefits of the vehicles at the Parking Australia Convention and Exhibition, which was held at Crown Perth from November 8 to 10.
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Mr Damen said driverless vehicles such as RAC’s Intellibus, which is being trialled at the South Perth foreshore, could mean people were less reliant on cars in the future.
“It might mean that people don’t need cars in the future if something like the Intellibus was widely deployed,” he said.
“It would then mean that people might not need parking and it would alleviate the potential problems in South Perth.
“What they (RAC) are doing is good, although it’s more of a niche technology but we could see it being used at university campuses, hospitals and aged care homes.”
Mr Damen said he spoke at the conference d461934 about automated valet parking, where cars could park themselves.
“The advantage of this is that people don’t need to get in and out of their cars, which allows more cars to fit into the same space,” he said.
“I think we will see more driverless cars during the next five years so the industry does not have 20 years to prepare.
“The first driverless vehicles will have to be supervised by human drivers but in 10 to 15 years we could see them driving themselves.”
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