Australia's First Driverless Bus Is Officially On Our Roads

2016-09-05 00:08:57Z
Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller
Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

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First Uber was testing driverless cars, but now a driverless bus has officially hit our roads and is being rolled out across Australia. 

That's right, we've basically stepped into the future and we will be seeing driverless buses cruise our streets, because technology is getting way too smart for itself. 

The first vehicle to roll out across Australia on a public road hit the streets of Perth yesterday. The model is an 11-seater French Navya shuttle bus, named the RAC Intellibus, and was bought for a whopping $296,000 by automotive club RACWA

Obvs it doesn't have the seating capacity of the normal buses zooming along our roads, but we've got to start somewhere. 

However, the testing period will see it drive along a 2.7km area in South Perth for the next three months... at speeds not exceeding 25km. 

It's such a speedy vehicle.


Of course, we don't want the first driverless vehicle going a hundred kilometres an hour in its first stages, especially if it's catering to short trips. There will also be a 'chaperone' onboard the bus, but no driver's seat. 

Anne Still of the RACWA has revealed that "the chaperone and passengers will have access to two stop buttons," meaning the vehicle "will stop immediately" in the incident that the control needs to be overridden. 

Let's hope the passengers are intelligent enough to not press the Intellibus buttons at random.

We know what a lot of you are thinking. Many of you will be hella skeptical about this and many will be up in arms about the jobs it will take away from bus driver's around the country. 

All of your complaints and worries are justified, but we will have to wait and see how the public reacts to this innovation. 

Hopefully we aren't heading for an IRobot or Terminator-esque world...

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