Driverless bus trial charges up in Busselton

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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VideoRAC has won the Pinnacle Award for outstanding business innovation thanks to its Intellibus.

History was made on Wednesday when an eight-week trial of the RAC Intellibus began in Busselton.

The Intellibus is the first electric driverless vehicle to operate on public roads in regional WA.

The technology is already active in South Perth and was brought to Busselton through a partnership between RAC, the City of Busselton and the Department of Transport.

The experience will be open to the public until June 30, operating from Wednesday-Sunday.

RAC executive general manager of advocacy and members Patrick Walker said he was delighted to see the first public demonstration of driverless vehicles in regional WA.

“We’re very excited to bring the RAC Intellibus to Busselton and to provide more Western Australians the chance to learn about driverless vehicles ... by taking a ride,” he said. City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said the trial was a wonderful opportunity to have a unique foreshore experience.

The Intellibus experience starts at the Busselton Visitor Centre and travels east from Foreshore Parade along Geographe Bay Road to the Busselton Volunteer Marine Rescue Centre.

A ride can be booked online or at the RAC Intellibus Hub at the Busselton Visitor Centre.

Visit rac.com.au/intellibus.

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