ARRB announces first driverless car trials in Australia

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According to a source, Volvo is to conduct the first on-road trials of driverless cars in the Southern Hemisphere in November this year in the Australian state of South Australia, which legalized the use of driverless cars on its roads in early 2015.

Volvo will test the same vehicle as is being used in their Drive Me project in Sweden, with the testing part of independent road research agency ARRB’s Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative.

ARRB managing director Gerard Walton said, “ARRB will establish how driverless technology needs to be manufactured and introduced for uniquely Australian driving behaviour, our climate and road conditions, including what this means for Australia’s national road infrastructure, markings, surfaces and roadside signage.”

Testing will be undertaken in conjunction with Flinders University, Carnegie Mellon University, the RAA (Royal Automobile Association) and Cohda Wireless, and will take place on an expressway south of the capital city of Adelaide on November 7 and 8. Multiple vehicles will conduct maneuvers such as overtaking, lane changing, emergency braking and the use of on and off ramps.

July 22, 2015

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