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NSW green-lights driverless regulations
Added by admin 16/08/17
Posted by Scott Murray - August 14th, 2017
South Wales state parliament has passed new laws permitting
autonomous vehicles to be trialed on its roads.
It comes just a fortnight after the NSW government announced it
will trial a Navya Arma driverless shuttle bus in Sydney Olympic
The shuttle bus trial will involve HMI Technologies, Telstra, IAG
insurance, the NRMA, and the Newington Armory for off-road
The French-made electric shuttle starts in late 2017, performing
similar trials as seen in Perth last year. It will take up to 15
passengers at a time, topping 25km/h for between five and 13
hours of battery life. The Arma uses Lidar sensors to map its
surroundings, commuting for up to two years.
“We will then extend the trial to public use with the shuttle
making the rounds on the roads at Sydney Olympic Park,” NSW roads
minister Melinda Pavey tells Business Insider.
“We want to use the trial to help develop the systems that will
enable automated vehicles to be connected to our infrastructure,
like traffic lights, and to customers through their devices and
applications,” Pavey says.
Laws still currently state that a human driver must remain in
control of a vehicle at all times.
“There is still some way to go before automated shuttles become
commonplace on Australia roads, but as a government we are ready
to take the next step and from here all sorts of possibilities
open up,” Pavey adds.
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