The Western Australian government will embark on a set of trials to test automated vehicle technology on state roads.
Minister for Transport, Dean Nalder, said the Department of Transport was working closely with the RAC to ensure compliance with road and vehicle safety standards.
"It is not a matter of if this technology will come to WA, but when it will, and that time is fast approaching. Initially, the trials will be conducted at RAC's driving centre, but eventually the shuttle will take to Perth roads," Nalder said.
"It is important West Australians are aware this technology is not confined to Hollywood blockbusters, but is actually coming to Perth.”
The autonomous vehicle trial will be the first of its kind in Australia and will be held with the RAC to help identify road routes and safe paths for testing.
The shuttle bus can transport up to 15 passengers and has a maximum speed of 45kmh.
"To ensure we are working towards providing the best integrated and intelligent transport services and solutions for the State, it is important to trial new innovative modes of transport, and this is one of those modes," he said.
"Another of the safety features of the shuttle bus is its multi-sensor technology, providing 3D perception that allows it to map the environment, detect obstacles on the road and interpret traffic signs."
The shuttle bus was developed by a French company specialising in automated transport systems.
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