Intellibus driverless bus public trial begins in Busselton

Source: RAC WA
Source: RAC WA

The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia has been running a trial of its Intellibus driverless bus in South Perth since 2016, and today (May 8 2019) has extended that public trial into regional Western Australia.

The Intellibus is taking part in a 7-week trial in the town of Busselton, in the South West region of Western Australia.

‘We’re very excited to bring the RAC Intellibus to Busselton and to provide more Western Australians the chance to learn about driverless vehicles in the best way possible – by taking a ride in one,’ said Patrick Walker, RAC Executive General Manager Advocacy and Members.

‘This is one of the first times anywhere in the world that a regional community will get to experience driverless technology up close, which makes it a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what it could mean for WA and indeed Australia – especially in terms of road safety and accessible travel.’

Busselton Mayor Grant Henley, and Patrick Walker of RAC WA

Busselton Mayor Grant Henley, and Patrick Walker of RAC WA

Where and when

The trial will run from 8 May 2019 to 30 June 2019. The Intellibus will operate Wednesday to Sunday, between 9.30am and 12.00pm, and 1.00 to 2.00 pm.

The route will see the bus run from the front of the Busselton Visitor Centre, heading east from Foreshore Parade and along Geographe Bay Road to the Busselton Volunteer Marine Rescue Centre, and then return to the visitor centre.

The entire route will see passengers take an approximately 20 minute ride, with up to 6 passengers on-board.

How to book

Members of the public can book a ride on the Intellibus from 8 May 2019. To learn more, or to make a booking, visit the RAC WA Intellibus page.

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