Aged care provider IRT Group has announced it will be running trials of driverless vehicles at two of its residential communities. The company, which operates 35 sites for seniors across Australia, has partnered with Aurrigo, the Australian subsidiary of UK-based autonomous shuttle firm RDM Group, to launch the trials, which will begin in the first half of next year.
There seems to be a sense of fear among petrol heads whenever the topic of autonomy is raised. Fear of handing control over to computers coupled with an overwhelming love of driving – and the dash of hubris that humans are as good as a driver can get – makes the idea of handing over control scary.
The first in a slew of South Australian government funded autonomous transport trials is due to commence in Adelaide next week. Aurrigo, the Australian subsidiary of UK driverless shuttle supplier RDM Group, will begin testing its cargo-carrying autonomous vehicles at the Tonsley Innovation District, after receiving $1 million from the government’s Future Mobility Lab fund.
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Aurrigo Driverless Cargo Pod Trial – DPTI – Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure South Australia
RDM is a manufacturer of autonomous vehicles and has supplied vehicles to a £20 million UK Autodrive project to conduct trials near London. RDM through its subsidiary, Aurrigo plans to assemble driverless pods in Adelaide for the Asia Pacific region as well as provide local access to RDM’s expertise in AV supply and fleets operations.
The UK’s first fully guided busway is being used to trial new self-driving transport pods, billed as the most advanced feasibility study yet, bringing fully autonomous vehicles a step closer to the UK. Using the pioneering Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, which runs between the city centre and nearby commuter towns, Coventry-based RDM Group is using its PodZero concept vehicle to complete feasibility studies.