Driverless bus takes to the road in Perth
An electric, intelligent and autonomous shuttle at the service of mobility Launched in October 2015, the NAVYA is a 100 % electric and autonomous transport vehicle. This driverless shuttle can transport up to 15 passengers and safely drive up to 45 km/h operating between 5 to 13 hours.
NAVYA on a public Australian road rolled out yesterday, mixing it with other cars, cyclists and pedestrians in Perth.
The shuttle bus was bought by automotive club the RACWA for $296,000 and will spend the next three months covering a 2.7km stretch of the South Perth foreshore along the Swan River, operating at speeds of up to 25km/h.
The RACWA has conducted a three-phase trial. The first phase involved testing the vehicle at the RACWA driving centre in Perth while the second involved taking the bus on its new route without passengers.
The bus had six Lidar sensors, four stereo vision cameras, radio and 3D connections for GPS. It calculates its position not only using GPS tracking but also based on its starting point and distance travelled.
The Navya shuttle in Perth will last at least three months at the current location and at least one year overall.
The shuttle was designed as a vehicle for the last kilometre of a journey rather than replacement for a conventional bus route. – AustralianBusinessReview