On August 2nd, Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey announced New South Wales’ first automated vehicle trial. For intelligent transport specialists HMI Technologies, the project’s lead partners, the trial will extend their expertise in automated vehicles, and make a major step towards initiating the smart transport revolution.
Taking place at Sydney’s Olympic Park the public will get to experience short journeys aboard the automated “smart shuttle” after preliminary safety tests are complete.
The self-driving, fully electric vehicle supplied by HMI Technologies carries up to 15 people and is programmed to navigate around the scenic grounds, venues and businesses at Sydney’s Olympic Park. The trial is a partnership with the NSW Government, Telstra, NRMA, IAG and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority.
The trial will help pave the way for automated vehicles to operate legally on Australia’s public roads, as Dean Zabrieszach, CEO of HMI Technologies Australia explains:
“The concept of automated vehicles seamlessly transporting people and goods and addressing congestion has captured the imagination of the public. They are no longer just a concept, however while they are such a new technology, HMI Technologies is aiming to address outstanding questions.”
“HMI Technologies has the expertise to fuse Automated Vehicles with Intelligent Transportation Systems, Artificial Intelligence, location referencing and traffic control systems. Trials will encourage the revision of legislation, systems and infrastructure required to make these revolutionary vehicles and their entire eco-system an everyday reality.”