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Curtin University introduces driverless bus service

Curtin University is the first Australian university to trial a commercial driverless bus. This trial will contribute to the growing field of research in automated driving technology. Once confined to science fiction, automated technology is now an everyday reality. Curtin’s autonomous bus will help contribute to research that will explore the safest and most efficient ways to integrate technologies into our lives.

How it works:

  • The bus runs on 100 per cent electricity.
  • It uses input digital programming, remote sensors and GPS to determine its route and navigate obstacles.
  • The shuttle can carry up to 11 passengers and safely drive up to 45km per hour.
  • A chaperone will be in the bus to monitor its performance, and can manually operate the controls if required.

The driverless bus will allow Curtin University students to explore not only how we commute, but how we engage with our community and environment. Curtin students will be at the forefront of working with industry to figure out the ethical, safety, economic and environmental issues, as significant contributions are made to roll out autonomous technology to the wider community.

The bus collects huge amounts of data through its sensors, which will allow Curtin to conduct experiments, and use the results to inform classroom teaching activities and further research. But it also has plenty of applications beyond emerging technology research.

This innovation will open up new research opportunities for many students, including those studying urban planning, health, environmental studies, business, communications and infrastructure, to name a few.

Curtin Academics are already researching how autonomous technology can benefit people with physical disabilities, help develop navigational satellite systems, and transform our relationship with everyday technologies.

Does it come with a spare tyre? The process of bringing an autonomous vehicle into your organisation
Procuring an autonomous vehicle and landing it in Australia is an interesting process. The many challenges from getting the vehicle out of the box through to it actually operating were overcome by staff in the Operations and Maintenance section of the university.  Their story may assist you if you are considering buying an autonomous vehicle.  Curtin Univerity will presentating a case study of experience for Day 1 at OUTLOOK 2017. To find out more – click here.

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