Visitors to the New South Wales (NSW) town of Armidale are more used to craning their necks to look at the city’s elegant cathedrals, but recently Transdev’s fully electric autonomous driverless shuttle known as ARDi has been attracting the attention of visitors and locals alike.
The Armidale Regional Driverless Initiative (ARDi) concluded in February and was the first automated shuttle to operate in mixed traffic within a city centre.
The twelve month trial launched at the University of New England before moving to Armidale’s CBD, operating on one of the longest and most complex trial routes.
Transdev technology lead, Ben Hayes, said the trial provided some promising insights that would help shape future implementations of driverless technology.
“The trial looked to understand the technical capabilities of ARDi and how it integrated into the transport network and operated in real-life urban traffic scenarios. We are proud to have delivered more than 2,000 safe passenger journeys with ARDi.”
The trial forms part of Transdev’s vision for the future of transport as personalised, autonomous, connected and eco-friendly (PACE).
Transdev are global leaders in autonomous mobility and see it as key to helping to make more inter-connected, accessible and sustainable communities.
In an Australian context, autonomous transportation systems also present a valuable opportunity to provide first and last mile connections.
Transdev operated and maintained ARDi during a 12 month trial in partnership with Transport for NSW, Armidale Regional Council, EasyMile, WSP, QBE Insurance, Edwards Coaches and the University of New England.
Read more information about the trial.