Drive to fix park­ing woes

DRIVER­LESS CARS TOUTED AS SO­LU­TION

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

The in­tro­duc­tion of high-rise build­ings in South Perth has led to con­cerns voiced by residents at City of South Perth coun­cil meet­ings and when the South­ern Gazette took to the streets to dis­cuss the coun­cil’s Vi­sion 2027 plan.

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.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Perth Zoo’s Kieran Parkes with the zoo’s north­ern car­pet python Cooper.

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