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RAC IntellibusTM: Australia's First Automated Vehicle Trial- Testing Safety Safely

Sawyer, A., Still, A., Hamilton, M.

New Technologies in Road Safety

ARSC conference 2017

Since the project's inception in 2015, RAC has been testing and evaluating a Level Four High Automation (SAE International, 2016) and fully electric shuttle bus. Having now launched a public on-road trial in August 2016, RAC's IntellibusTM takes passengers along a 2.8 kilometre route in South Perth. The Trial has three broad aims which seek to understand autonomous vehicle (AV) technology in a live environment and to consider their likely impact. This paper provides a summary of the Trial's three stage methodology as well as the findings thus far.