AU­GUST IS­SUE 360

ABC (Australia) - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

LOOK NO HANDS

The first trial of a driver­less shut­tle bus was given the green light in Syd­ney, which will help pave the way for au­to­mated ve­hi­cles to op­er­ate legally on Aus­tralian roads. The NSW Gov­ern­ment has joined forces with HMI Tech­nolo­gies, NRMA, Tel­stra, IAG and Syd­ney Olympic Park Author­ity for a two-year trial of the state’s first au­to­mated smart shut­tle at Olympic Park. The first stage of the trial will con­duct tests and safety checks in a se­cure, off-road en­vi­ron­ment. This test­ing got un­der­way at New­ing­ton Ar­mory where the shut­tle will run au­tonomously on a pre-pro­grammed route.

CHANGE IN WA

Al­bany school bus ser­vices re­sumed suc­cess­fully un­der the su­per­vi­sion of new op­er­a­tor Swan Tran­sit, which now runs the ser­vice in West­ern Australia. Swan Tran­sit has ex­panded its re­gional bus op­er­a­tions after be­ing awarded the con­tract to op­er­ate Al­bany Re­gional Town Bus Ser­vices ear­lier in 2017. Tran­sit Sys­tems al­ready op­er­ates more than 30 per cent of pub­lic bus con­tracts in West­ern Australia.

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