Driverless bus to hit road on Qld island
Queensland's first driverless bus will hit the road on an island off Brisbane later this year at a sedate 20km/h.
Residents of Karragarra Island, who currently have no public transport options, will trial the automated shuttle for free during a six-month trial to begin in November.
The bus will operate at a top speed of 20km/h and run on a 3.5km loop connecting the island's ferry terminal with eight other stops.
A chaperone will be aboard to help passengers with mobility issues, educate people about the technology involved and deal with any breakdowns.
The electric shuttle will carry a maximum 12 passengers and use sensors to navigate and lasers to identify obstacles, stopping and adjusting its speed accordingly.
The shuttle is a joint initiative involving the RAQC and the Redland City Council.
Mayor Karen Williams says driverless buses could prove a perfect transport solution for the island communities it services.
"It's exciting the first ever long-term trial of the technology in Queensland will be held on our Southern Moreton Bay Islands, providing an important step towards addressing long-standing transport needs," she said on Monday.
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