Innovation travels into town this September

Published on Wednesday, 9 September 2020 at 2:23:33 PM

Geraldton’s CBD is about to receive a boost of technology and innovation as RAC’s ground-breaking driverless vehicle demonstration pulls into town this September.

The RAC Intellibus® will travel along the Geraldton Foreshore and Marine Terrace, providing passengers with an opportunity to experience the future at no charge. 

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said he was looking forward to going for a ride in the Intellibus.

“It’s not every day that you can go for a ride in a driverless bus but for the next few months you will be able to,” he said.

“The future will be right here in the Midwest and at a perfect time with the September School Holidays and many wandering around the state in search of adventure and new experiences.

“We hope that the increased activity from the RAC Intellibus® in the Geraldton CBD will have flow on effects to our business community with passengers journeying to our great café and shopping scene after the ride.”

RAC General Manager Public Policy and Mobility Anne Still said RAC is excited to be partnering with the City of Greater Geraldton to bring this ground-breaking driverless technology to WA’s Midwest.

“This is an important milestone in helping WA to prepare for a driverless future, ensuring more Western Australians can see and experience this new technology for themselves,” she said. 

“Passengers on-board the RAC Intellibus® will learn about the technology and see how it interacts with other road users.

“Regional WA has unique transport, mobility and road safety challenges — that’s why it is critical we conduct trials like this to better understand the potential impacts of automated vehicle technology, as well as the opportunities.”

Council endorsed the RAC Intellibus® earlier this year however, demonstrations were postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The RAC Intellibus® will be in Geraldton from Wednesday 16 September to Sunday 8 November operating from 9.30am to 12pm and again from 1pm to 3pm.

Members of the community will be able to experience the driverless technology from Wednesday to Sunday by clicking here.

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