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SA driving autonomous technology

22 Mar 2017

Transfers between Adelaide Airport’s terminal and long-term carpark are set to go driverless with the $2.8 million trial of a driverless shuttle.

It’s one of seven projects to claim a share of the State Government’s $10 million Future Mobility Lab Fund boosting local testing, research and development of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Adelaide Airport will receive $1 million from the fund to trial three electric driverless shuttles operating between the long-term carpark and the terminal.

If the Adelaide Airport trial is successful, the driverless passenger shuttles will be become a permanent part of its operations.

Among the projects awarded funding so far are, autonomous cargo pods for the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, driverless shuttles for Flinders University students and Cohda Wireless for two significant research and on-road trial projects.

Leading international driverless car supplier RDM Group will receive $1 million towards a $1.8m driverless cargo pod trial, transporting goods at the Tonsley precinct, with the aim of developing a market-ready autonomous delivery pod within a year.

Another $1m will go to Flinders University, which will collaborate with the RAA on a three-year $4 million driverless shuttle project.

Initially the vehicle will shuttle students around the Tonsley campus, with future plans to extend to the Bedford Park campus and local public transport hubs.

South Australia’s global leader in autonomous technology, Cohda Wireless, will receive $2 million ftoward two significant research and on-road trial projects.

Cohda is planning on-road trials on the streets of Adelaide to test how vehicles communicate to one another and roadside infrastructure using the company’s state-of-the-art systems.

Seven projects will share in $5.6 million from the first round of funding from the Future Mobility Lab Fund with other projects to be announced soon.