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Volvo rolls into Adelaide for driverless car trials
4 November 2015
The first vehicle to go through on-road driverless car testing in the Southern Hemisphere has arrived in Adelaide ahead of this weekend’s historic demonstration trials on the Southern Expressway.
The Volvo XC90 was unveiled in Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct signalling the final countdown to the milestone of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative, coordinated by ARRB Group.
ARRB Group Managing Director Gerard Waldron said the organisation was proud to spearhead the Australian Driverless Vehicles Initiative, drawing on over 55 years of experience working with industry, government and academic partners from Australia and around the world to deliver this motoring milestone.
"Our key experts have been integral in assisting the SA Government to translate its vision of seeing driverless vehicle technology into reality, and this week’s demonstration is a major and critical turning point for the entire nation," Mr Waldron said.
Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Kevin McCann said as an innovator and a leader in technology, Volvo Cars was proud to be partnered with ADVI in this significant initiative.
"Autonomous Drive technology is already available in many cars in the Australian market," he said.
"It is important that collectively as an industry we strive to educate the public regarding this development and importantly encourage government to make the necessary regulatory changes to facilitate the introduction of autonomous drive vehicles to Australian roads.
"For Volvo Cars, autonomous driving is a natural evolution from years of leadership in development of safety technology."
The government has legislation before Parliament to allow for future trials of autonomous vehicles on South Australian roads and is also encouraging the industry locally with initiatives such as the International Driverless Cars Conference – another first for the Southern Hemisphere – which begins tomorrow.
The Southern Expressway will be closed for the trials in both directions between Sherriffs Road at Lonsdale and Main South Road at Old Noarlunga on Saturday from 6am to 1pm.