Welcome to the Armidale Region Driverless Initiative (ARDi), a partnership between Transport for NSW, Armidale Regional Council, EasyMile, Transdev, WSP, UNE and Edwards Buses.
The trial will initially run for 12 months in three phases, with gradually increasing levels of operational complexity in real world environments.
After initial testing and safety processes have been met, the trial will be conducted at different locations around Armidale, using a fully automated EasyMile shuttle with capacity to carry up to 14 passengers.
Operating at UNE Campus, targeting student and staff use and connecting residential colleges with key points across campus.
Will introduce a shuttle service for residents around the Armidale CBD area. Phase two will also integrate mixed traffic vehicle testing and road infrastructure interactions, including roundabouts.
Will expand operations in the CBD area and include the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) in loop services.
The trial will begin before the end of the year, with customers hopping on-board the shuttle after initial safety tests have been carried out. Customer information on how to get involved will become available in the coming weeks.
Throughout each phase, safety will be a major priority, with an operating supervisor to be on-board at all times.
About the EasyMile EZ10 driverless shuttle
The EZ10 is a functioning example of what the future of mobility for end users looks like, combining the benefits and flexibility of the technology, with the economy of group transportation.
- Has been designed to cover short pre-defined routes through technologies developed by EasyMile
- Uses the latest sensor (lidar)technology to see obstacles and hazards and safely respond to environmental changes like moving pedestrians, cyclists and other road users
- Can carry up to 14 passengers
- The shuttle is accessible to people with mobility needs e.g. wheelchairs