Today marks the start of passenger services for Phase II of the Redlands Coast Smart Mobility Trial in Raby Bay.
The project is a collaboration between Redland City Council (RCC) and Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ), with support from EasyMile and operated by multi modal transport operator Keolis Downer.
This project marks the second trial of an autonomous vehicle in an open road environment, with access to the heavy rail station in Cleveland.
It will provide useful insights for future deployments of driverless transport services in Queensland.
The trial will last until late June 2021 and will operate on Masthead Drive between Raby Bay Harbour and the nearby foreshore park in Cleveland just a short walk from Cleveland Train Station, on Wednesdays to Fridays from 9am to midday and 12:30pm - 3pm. Also, on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 12:30pm and 1pm – 3pm.
A chaperone will always be on board to monitor the environment, the vehicle performance and provide information to passengers. The driverless shuttle has undergone rigorous safety planning and testing to operate on public roads at around 20km per hour.
We are delighted to be part of this project and bring on know-how operating driverless shuttles across Australia.
We look forward to gaining further insight into the role AVs can play in the door-to-door journey and create a positive customer experience.