4 December 2017
RAC WA TO TRIAL AUTONOM CAB IN PERTH
Christophe Sapet has announced during the unveiling of the first robo-taxi on the market, AUTONOM CAB, that NAVYA has partnership agreements with RAC WA and Keolis regarding the deployment of AUTONOM CABS fleet on open roads in city centers. RAC WA officially announced on November 30th, 2017 that it will be trialling AUTONOM CABS from April 2018 in Perth, Australia. RAC WA has already been trialling two AUTONOM SHUTTLES in Perth since August 2016.
AUTONOM CABS WILL BE DEPLOYED IN PERTH FROM APRIL 2018
RAC WA, in partnership with the Western Australian Government and NAVYA, will test several AUTONOM CABS which are the first robo-taxis on the market. The trial will start from April 2018 in Perth, the State’s capital.
“This trial will be a significant advancement on the already ground-breaking technology in the two RAC Intellibuses, making Australians some of the first people in the world to experience the very latest in automated vehicle technology.” Terry Agnew, RAC WA Group CEO.
“Australia is a strategic place to test, showcase and deploy new technologies in the region. The governments’, as well as RAC WA’s, enthusiasm for new vehicle technology, innovation and our need to make smart mobility solutions readily available to the community in this part of the world has led us to confirm one of our trials here in Western Australia.” Christophe Sapet, NAVYA CEO.
PERTH AMONG THE VERY FIRST CITIES IN THE WORLD TO TRIAL THE FIRST ROBO-TAXI ON THE MARKET
In 2016, after being one of the first in the world to trial an autonomous shuttle in real conditions with AUTONOM SHUTTLE, RAC WA will once again be one of the first to trial the robo-taxis. As well as the trial of the AUTONOM SHUTTLE, this experimentation will involve a number of stages commencing with testing at an off-road site with the final stage being a trial on public roads in Perth.
We’re excited to be trialling new #driverless vehicles in 2018 as an on-demand transport vehicle – bookable through a smartphone app. #Perth is one of the three cities selected globally to be first trialling the ‘Autonoms’. @Rita_Saffioti @Navya_Group #WATransportNews pic.twitter.com/v5gAMmV5Oe
— RAC WA (@RACWA) 29 novembre 2017
AUTONOM CAB: ONE OF THE MOST SOPHISTICATED DRIVERLESS VEHICLE
The vehicles can carry up to six passengers each, and have a maximum operating speed of 90km/hr with a likely recommended operating speed of 20 to 50km/hr during the trial.
The vehicles are fitted with the latest state-of-the-art multi-sensor technology, including 10 LIDARS, four radars, six cameras and odometry, providing the vehicles with 3D perception that allows them to map the environment, detect obstacles and make decisions which allow them to operate autonomously. The cars also feature two Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) antennae to determine the precise position of the vehicle at any given time, and are linked to a remote supervision service.
AN ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWING THE AWARD FOR THE INTELLIBUS TRIAL
Since August 2016, RAC WA has been trialling AUTONOM SHUTTLE, called RAC Intellibus in South Perth, Western Australia.
On November 23rd, RAC WA and NAVYA were thrilled to receive the Automated Vehicle Award from ITS Australia, sponsored by the Australian and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), for learnings from the Trial. RAC WA’s purposeful AV Trial is the longest running trial of a self-driving vehicle in the Australasian region. Having travelled more than 7,000kms in autonomous mode, learnings are being documented and shared with industry and government. More than 10,500 people registered to take part. The trial allows the industry practitioners and the community to use and experience a driverless vehicle in a complex traffic environment. The response to the Trial has been extremely positive with 98 per cent of participants saying they believe a vehicle like the Intellibus could be used in the future as a viable service.