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The NSW Government is working with industry and research partners in trialling highly-automated passenger shuttles at Sydney Olympic Park, the first precinct-based trial of an automated shuttle anywhere in Australia. Alongside Transport for NSW and the RMS, the industry and research partners will undertake a three stage trial beginning in late-2017:
Not only providing the opportunity for the general public to experience autonomous vehicles, the trial will also test infrastructure and customer interaction with the vehicles, while observing how this technology can improve the mobility and interaction between people within the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.
I am passionate about the future of transport in our city, and this trial shows the NSW Government's committment to be looking forward into the future for the solutions to transport challenges. In August I spoke on the Transport Legislation Amendment (Automated Vehicle Trials and Innovation) Bill 2017 which you can view here.
"It is not just the possibility of reduced congestion, reduced emissions or safer roads that should encourage us to explore the automated vehicle but also the new industries and jobs that such a journey towards automated cars will deliver." - James Griffin MP, 8 August 2017
Find the NSW Government fact sheet on the trial here: Smart Shuttle trial fact sheet