Driverless Bus Trial
*** The driverless shuttle service has been temporarily suspended to fix damage to LIDAR range-finding and scanning instruments. EasyMile are waiting on parts to undertake repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please be informed that the service will resume by Monday 19th August. If you have any queries, please contact Playford Council on 8256 0333. ***
Between October 2018 and 13 June 2019 City of Playford ran Phase One of a driverless bus trial around the Lyell McEwin Hospital precinct, aimed at reducing traffic congestion by providing a free park-and-ride service.
Phase Two of the trial in Munno Para is currently in operation and will run until 29 November 2019. The purpose of the trial is to test driverless vehicle technology as an integrated service by linking the Munno Para train station to the Playford Alive Township.
The trial aims to understand:
- How other road users respond to this type of vehicle
- How passengers respond to and experience this vehicle
- The technology and infrastructure required to operate driverless vehicles on public roads
The trial also provides a hands-on experience for the Playford community to experience the future of transportation.
The free service will operate on weekday mornings and afternoons, providing a loop from the Munno Para Train Station via Newton Boulevard, Peachey Road, Light Avenue and Coventry Road (see map below). New driverless bus stops will be introduced for the period of the trial.
During Phase II of the trial you may either simply board the bus at one of the five stops, or you can view the timetable and book your seat online at playford.rideswithsage.com.
This has been a collaborative project between City of Playford, EasyMile, SAGE Automation and DPTI. We would also like to thank our project supporters Mark Oliphant College.