Self driving cars will be tested on Australia roads in November starting on the streets of Adelaide as announced by the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and the South Australian government. The trials will be using an autonomous car from Volvo (Volvo XC90 SUV) with partnership between telecommunication company Telstra and technology brand Bosch.
The street trials will be mostly testing the overtaking, lane changing, breaking and using ramps. Australia self driving cars will be having the same concept as the concept which is used in Sweden, the Drive Me concept. The concept is using a complicated network of sensors, cloud-based positioning systems, intelligent braking as well as steering technology. It aims to release about 100 autonomous cars by the end of 2017.
As stated by Kevin McCann, the Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia, a self-driving car has more benefit to the city which includes lesser road accidents, lesser traffic jam, lower gas pricing as well as more opportunity to improve infrastructure. On top of that, self-driving car has other benefit which is to revive the Australia’s manufacturing industry as stated by Gerard Waldron, the Group Managing Director of ARRB.
According to the survey conducted by ARRB for 505 Australians, more than 60% of Australians have “somewhat positive” or “very positive” response to the autonomous cars. This is seen as a good starting to implement self-driving car in Australia.