RAC had been testing a new prototype driverless passenger vehicle, designed as an on-demand shared mobility service.
RAC trials are not a pursuit of technology for technology’s sake, but a commitment to ensure AV technology can be applied to solve urban and regional mobility challenges in Australia.
By working together with our partners to deliver our Automated Vehicle Program, we’re moving closer to readying Australia for the safe transition to automated vehicles and our future world of safer, easier and cleaner mobility.
AVs are vehicles that have one or more of the primary driving controls (steering, acceleration, braking) that are automated for a sustained period of time.
Levels of automation range from no automation of driving controls (Level 0), through automated features that assist the human with the driving task, to highly (Level 4) and fully (Level 5) automated vehicles. The Intellibus and Intellicar are classed as Level 4 vehicles.
Image source: The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) levels of automation.
RAC‘s AV Program is helping develop a roadmap for how AV technology can be applied to solve road safety and mobility challenges in Australia.
We believe AV technology has the potential to change the way we move for the better.
In a safety-first approach, we aim to test and evaluate AVs as we move closer to readying Australia for the safe transition to AVs and our future world of safer, easier and more sustainable transport.