Monday, 27 March 2017 10:57

Driverless vehicles are set to become part of daily life in South Australia, replacing some passenger shuttle and cargo transfer services.

The South Australian Government has committed $5.6 million to a variety of emerging programs set to service Adelaide Airport, Flinders University and the Tonsley Innovation Precinct on the site of Mitsubishi's former manufacturing site.

Passengers at Adelaide Airport will soon use electric-powered driverless shuttles to commute from its long-term car park to the main terminal. The airport is also installing bus shelters with Wi-Fi connectivity, security cameras and LED lighting powered by solar panels.

Flinders University students will be able to use a smartphone app to order up an autonomous shuttle service to take them where they need to go on campus, as part of a three-year, $4 million research project in collaboration with the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia.

For many people, the services at Flinders University and Adelaide Airport will represent their first interaction with driverless vehicles.

The South Australian Government will also fund a limited trial of driverless cargo pods operated by autonomous vehicles firm RDM Group at the Tonsley Park research precinct.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan says the projects are intended to give South Australia a foothold in the increasingly important - and lucrative - autonomous vehicle industry.

"As a Government we have been focused on fostering the development of an autonomous technology industry in South Australia to claim a share of an industry predicted to be worth $90 billion globally by 2030," he says.

"Our Australian-first driverless car trials, our Australian-first law changes to allow for on-road trials and our international Driverless Car Conference sent a message that we are the place to do business when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology."

Source:, 22 March 2017

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