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07 October 2018 Posted by 


Free ride at Sydney Olympc Park
WESTERN Sydney Business Access readers can register for a free ride on the new Driverless Shuttle being trialed at Sydney Olympic Park in the coming weeks.

The revolutionary shuttle was tested at the Olympic precinct this week and received the “thumbs up” from the first passengers.
The initial test included a select group of competition winners from the 2018 Easter Show boarded the vehicle on Olympic Boulevard.
“I’m very excited to see passengers on these vehicles. We know self-driving cars will play a major role in the future and that’s the future we’re preparing for right now,” Minister for
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance said.
The NSW Government, through the Smart Innovation Centre, has joined forces with HMI Technologies, NRMA, Telstra, IAG, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the University of
Technology Sydney to conduct a two-year trial of the state’s first highly automated Shuttle.
Landmark trial
“The ultimate goal of this landmark trial is to find the best way to harness the next generation of driverless technology and how to make it work for the people of NSW,” Mr Constance said.
“We want to bring customers along on the journey, giving them the opportunity to experience this technology and respond to the vehicle so we can implement the feedback as we work towards a connected and automated future.”
 Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said it was a landmark moment for the state.
“We’re on the cusp of optimising our road infrastructure with emerging technologies including driverless vehicles making our roads safer, more efficient and enhancing mobility for customers,” Ms Pavey said.
“Since launching the trial we’ve been working to ensure the Shuttle delivers a safe and comfortable journey, first testing the shuttle’s braking, sensors and communications in the off road environment at Newington Armoury, then after safe and successful operation we progressed testing to public roads around Sydney Olympic Park.” 
The Navya shuttle is considered a level four, highly autonomous vehicle designed to carry up to 12 passengers. It can travel up to 40kmh in autonomous mode with features including front and rear cameras, LIDAR, GPS technology and autonomous emergency brakes.
Next Stage
The shuttle will continue to operate on Olympic Boulevard, with members of the public able to book limited free rides in the coming weeks.
Transport for NSW will release these dates on the Smart Innovation Centre and trial partner websites with bookings to be available two days a week, before the trial progresses to the next stage in early 2019.
The next stage  will focus on servicing parts of the Sydney Olympic Park precinct by testing a variety of uses including transporting office workers, residents and other precinct workers.
“We want to use the trial to help develop the systems that will enable automated vehicles to be connected to our infrastructure, like traffic lights and to our customers through their devices and applications,” Mr Constance said.
“There is still some way to go before self-driving vehicles become common place on Australian roads, but as a Government we are ready to take the next step,” Ms Pavey said.
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