Driverless cars have been the talk of the town for a long time now. The latest add-on to the group of driverless vehicles is Australia’s first driverless and electric shuttle bus, which hit the road on Wednesday in a trial run in Perth. The trial involved the ‘RAC Intellibus’ travelling along the South Perth Esplanade, carrying passengers, interacting with traffic, parked cars, cyclists and pedestrians. The RAC Intellibus will carry up to 11 passengers along South Perth Esplanade between the Old Mill and Sir James Mitchell Park at an average speed of 25km/h. RAC bought the $250,000 electric-powered bus in April and have been trialing the technology on private property since. Also Read - Facebook for Android will soon get dark mode and coronavirus tracking featureAlso Read - Scientists develop soft contact lens that can zoom with a blink
Agnew said that he was hopeful that driverless vehicles would become an integrated part of the transport system. Driverless trucks are already used by mining companies such as Rio Tinto while driverless cars are being developed by many companies but are yet to be used among traffic.”We anticipate this first step in exploring how driverless technology will start a conversation on further trials, research and collaboration, which in turn will increase Western Australia’s understanding of how driverless vehicles can integrate into our transport system,” Terry Agnew, RAC group chief executive, said.
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The bus uses a combination of technology to drive itself, including light detection and ranging (LIDAR) which uses UV light to measure distance and map the environment. Cameras, GPS, odometry and autonomous emergency braking are also assisting the fully autonomous bus. ALSO READ: Olli, self-driving 3D printed mini bus based on IBM Watson starts giving rides
Back in May, in India the trial run of Delhi Metro s swanky new driver-less trains began setting the ball rolling on what promises to be a technological feat in the country s public transport system in little more than a year, when they will run on unattended mode. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu flagged off one such train equipped to travel on Unattended Train Operations mode at the Mukundpur depot of metro s upcoming Majlis Park Shiv Vihar corridor (Line 7). In their speeches, Naidu and Kejriwal insisted that metro was one of the best answers to the city s commutation and pollution woes. Kejriwal thanked the Centre and termed DMRC as a unique example of cooperative federalism. ALSO READ: Unified Payments Interface: Here s how to register, send and receive money using UPI apps
With additional inputs