Automated vehicles are no longer science-fiction. Meet our driverless bus.
One small step
RAC is proud to be leading Australia’s very first Automated Vehicle Trial right here in Western Australia.
Since 2015, RAC has been working to test and evaluate a fully autonomous, electric shuttle bus and on the 31st August 2016, with the support from the WA State Government and the City of South Perth, we launched our Automated Vehicle Trial on public roads.
To date we have had more than 10,100 people book a ride and many more stopping to observe and take a photo. The RAC Intellibus® has recently celebrated its first birthday, has completed more than 6,685 km in autonomous mode and completed more than 1,910 thirty minute rides.
Why are we doing this?
RAC is a member organisation representing more than 970,000 Western Australian members. We work collaboratively with government and industry to ensure that our members have access to safer, easier and more sustainable transport options.
There have been many innovations and advances in transport technology over the last 100 years. Now, we are on the cusp of one of the biggest disruptions to transport as we know it.
Automated vehicle (AV) technology is rapidly advancing and these vehicles could deliver many benefits, including improved mobility and independence for many, and reduced crash risk and severity by removing human error from the driving task.
Our Trial is 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.
We want to ensure that our community, industry and government alike have an opportunity to experience an automated vehicle in a complex traffic environment while the technology remains largely in development.
By working together with our partners we’re one step closer to readying Australia for the safe transition to automated vehicles and our future world of safer, easier and cleaner mobility.
For further information download the RAC Automated Vehicle Trial Information Sheet.
Introducing the RAC Intellibus®
RAC Intellibus® says Thank You
RAC Intellibus® Imagine the Possibilities
Where are we doing this?
The 3.5 km journey starts at the RAC Intellibus® Hub travelling along the South Perth Esplanade and heads west to the Old Mill. The South Perth foreshore is an iconic tourist destination with views of the City's skyline across the Swan River. The Old Mill is one of Perth's oldest landmarks built in 1835 and is open to the public for guided tours.
The site was chosen after an assessment and analysis of over 20 sites across the Perth Metropolitan area. The South Perth site is divided into three phases with each phase involving increasing levels of interaction with road users and traffic conditions.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to stay up to date with RAC's Automated Vehicle Trial please join our mailing list.
If you would like to participate in our Trial and see the possibilities of the future of transport, please register below.