In an Australian first, an on-road trial of a fully electric driverless shuttle bus has commenced on Perth roads.
The Liberal National Government has been working closely with the RAC to ensure compliance with road and vehicle safety standards.
Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the State Government wanted the best integrated and intelligent transport services and solutions for Western Australia.
"WA is leading Australia in trialling this innovative automated vehicle technology," Mr Marmion said.
"The RAC recently completed off-road trials and can now test this technology on an approved on-road route in Perth's metropolitan area.
"This trial is a great example of how innovation can improve service delivery to the community and reduce our environmental footprint.
"The learnings from this trial will create an enhanced framework for other trials of automated driving technology in the future.
"Adoption of new technology increases the need for other specialist roles such as mechanics, programmers and technicians.
"Boosting innovation across all Western Australian industries is crucial to a dynamic, thriving economy - and for securing our reputation as a great place to live and innovate."
The shuttle bus will follow a 25 minute trial route over three weeks initially between Sir James Mitchell Park and the Old Mill in South Perth.
Members of the public can register to ride the shuttle bus during the trial at http://www.racintellibus.com.au
The shuttle bus has been developed by NAVYA SAS, a French company specialising in intelligent transport systems
The shuttle bus can transport up to 15 passengers and has a maximum speed of 45kmh with an average speed of 25kmh
Minister's office - 6552 6800