CAV Trials case study
We have seen, that if well planned and managed, CAV’s have the ability to support transport services, improve road safety, alleviate congestion and improve productivity and liveability.
CAVs have already begun transforming mobility in cities like San Francisco, Boston, Singapore and Paris and in November 2018 NSW has three highly automated vehicle trials underway.
Transport for NSW is enabling collaborative trials and testing of CAVs to ensure the technology, our infrastructure and communities are ready.
Sydney Olympic Park
In May 2017, a trial of the state’s first automated Smart Shuttle began at Sydney Olympic Park. The Navya shuttle can carry up to 12 passengers at a time, giving an enthusiastic and curious public the chance to experience the technology first-hand while simultaneously providing us with their valuable insights.
This trial is being delivered in collaborative partnership with HMI Technologies, NRMA, IAG, Telstra, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and UTS.
Armidale and Coffs Harbour
We have also partnered with industry, researchers, local councils and businesses on Australian-first regional trials in Armidale and Coffs Harbour. Local community involvement will ensure that the specific requirements, challenges including infrastructure readiness; and local operator considerations are front and centre of each regional trial. Working together for successful place-making and social benefits is a key focus for exploring the introduction of CAVs to regional NSW.
The shuttles will operate in real world environments with increasing levels of complexity, use level four fully automated vehicles and carry up to 12 passengers per vehicle.
The Armidale trial is being conducted in collaboration with Armidale Regional Council, Easy Mile, the University of New England, Transdev, WSP, and Edwards Coaches. This trial focuses on improved transport experiences for students accessing the university campus, reducing reliance on private vehicle commutes within the CBD and showcase the New England Regional Arts Museum as a cultural destination.
In Coffs Harbour, our partners are Busways, Coffs Harbour City Council, Easy Mile, Via and Southern Cross University targeting improved recreational visits and tourism along the Northern Breakwall, connecting the Coffs Harbour International Marina and Muttonbird Island while also connecting the Marian Grove Retirement Village and other commuters with the CBD and transport links.