Driverless bus trial

Testing Route Notice

Darwin Waterfront – Esplanade – Darwin Waterfront

5-29 September 2017

The Driverless Bus Trial is a joint project of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and Darwin Waterfront Corporation to realise the commitment of the Northern Territory Government to deploy and explore autonomous vehicle technology.

From 5-29 September 2017, the final stage of the 11 month Driverless Bus trial will test the on-road environment from the Darwin Waterfront (via Hughes Avenue) to the end of the Esplanade and return (refer to attached map).

Key objectives are to test the vehicle’s capabilities whilst operating for longer distances, incorporating high gradients (Hughes Ave) and medium speed environments.

As the trial will operate at slower than prescribed road speeds, it will be planned for non-peak usage periods only.

The general public will not have access to the vehicle and overtaking of the vehicle can occur when safe and legal to do so.

The driverless vehicle trial has already carried close to 5,000 passengers and will continue to operate open to the public at the Darwin Waterfront between 12pm to 2pm daily until 29 September 2017.

We appreciate your patience whilst the vehicle is operating.

For more information about the trial visit or call Darwin Waterfront Corporation on 08 8999 5155.


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