Driverless Bus Trial
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 will begin in Munno Para in early July. 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.
During the preparation phase (19 to 28 June) the driverless bus, engineer and various contractors will be present along the route and the immediate vicinity for a period of site testing. The road will remain open to the public, however traffic management and speed restrictions (25 km/h) will be in place during this time.
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.
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.