Driverless bus trial

Jump on board!

Stage 2 of the Northern Territory Government’s Driverless Bus Trial has commenced within the Darwin Waterfront parklands.

The second stage travels within a pedestrian environment around the Darwin Waterfront Precinct in the comfort of an air-conditioned, 12 passenger, zero-emission driverless vehicle.

The daily service operates continuously between 12pm and 2pm at Darwin Waterfront linking the glass observation lifts, Recreation Lagoon beach area and shops including Trampoline Gelato and Crepe Escape/Oyster Bar.

You are welcome to jump on board to experience this technology, learn how the vehicle uses various sensors to scan its environment as the vehicle positions itself using sensors, navigates on the predefined route network and stops at the stations defined.

A fully trained operator is on board the vehicle during the trial to monitor conditions and to ensure passenger safety at all times.

This trial is just a glimpse into the possibilities of future passenger transport and we welcome you to provide your feedback after your journey via the online survey.

Thank you for taking part, please enjoy your time at the Darwin Waterfront.

About the trial

In December 2016, the Northern Territory Government announced that a glimpse into the potential future of transport will be commencing in Darwin.

Stage 1 of the trial allowed members of the public to experience a ride on the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous vehicle linking Indo Pacific Marine to Stokes Hill Wharf. The location was chosen along a public road environment where demand exists for a transport solution to help ferry visitors between locations for dining, retail, recreation and business.

Stage 2 now explores the capability of this technology operating within a pedestrian environment linking the glass observation lifts, Recreation Lagoon beach area and shops.

Known as the ‘Driverless Bus’ this fully electric vehicle can also accommodate people with reduced mobility including wheelchairs and prams. Once only thought of in the imaginations of movie producers, this cutting edge technology is real and provides a potential future transport solution.

The Territory Government has joined Singapore, Dubai/UAE, France, Netherlands, California and Japan to actively develop and assess autonomous transport solutions. This is an opportunity to learn more about automated vehicles and see first-hand how they can be utilised to provide a transport solution, as well as consider the potential for this technology.

Ultimately, the vision is for this technology to connect our beautiful tropical city a convenient and economical way.

The government wants feedback from passengers about their experience riding the bus. All passengers who ride the bus will be asked to complete a survey to help provide information to assist in assessing the success and outcomes of the trial. This will help inform future decisions about how the technology might be considered and used.

More information about the project visit www.dipl.nt.gov.au/transport/driverless-bus

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