Newcastle’s driverless shuttle trial complete

After having travelled 620 kilometres and carrying 680 passengers, Newcastle’s driverless shuttle trial has come to an end.

We thank the Newcastle community for their continued support of the project. It has been great sharing this new technology with the community and showcasing how it can support mobility solutions in the future.

We will now assess the learnings from a safety, technical, operational and customer perspective to deliver improved transport outcomes for future trials in similar environments.

We will also use this opportunity to undertake further research into the customer experience and accessibility of driverless vehicles.

About

Newcastle’s driverless shuttle operated between July and October 2020.

The trial ran between the Watt Street and Nobbys Beach roundabouts on weekdays between 10am and 2pm.

The shuttle trial was operated by Keolis Downer, on behalf of City of Newcastle.

The trial was part of a suite of mobility, energy and data innovations contained with the Newcastle Smart City Strategy, which received $5m funding through the Federal Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program last year.

During the trial, residents and visitors provided feedback on the new technology accessible mode of transport, which will play an important role in customers’ multi-modal journeys in the future. 

FAQs

The driverless shuttle trial explored the role of driverless vehicles in real operating conditions and the role it plays for community and multimodal transport operations.

The trial examined the role of AVs as first and last-mile public transport solutions that can become attractive alternatives to private cars and assist us in delivering improved transport outcomes for the future.

We will now assess the learnings from a safety, technical, operational and customer perspective to deliver improved transport outcomes for future trials in similar environments.

We will also use this opportunity to undertake further research into the customer experience and accessibility of driverless vehicles.

Get in touch to find out more about the trial by filling out the form below.

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