NSW driverless bus ready for public trial

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Visitors at Sydney’s Olympic Park will get a taste of future travel with the state’s first public trial of a driverless shuttle bus.

Members of the public will be able to book a free ride on the autonomous bus from the school holidays, Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced on Wednesday.

Until now the shuttle – which is designed to carry 14 passengers – has been limited to safety tests on roads around Olympic Park.

“It was doing a lot slower speeds and it’s worked its way up, it’s now going to be able to get up to 40km/h down the boulevard there outside the stadium,” Mr Constance said.

The state government hopes the two-year trial – which began in August 2017 – will help pave the way for further driverless vehicles to make their way onto NSW roads.

“The ultimate goal of this landmark trial is to find the best way to harness the next generation of driverless technology and how to make it work for the people of NSW,” Mr Constance said.

The minister predicts automated vehicles will drastically reduce road deaths with 90 per cent of crashes currently involving human error.

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