RACQ Smart Shuttle
The RACQ Smart Shuttle will operate a series of trials over five years to explore the potential for autonomous vehicles to address various transport issues, including transport disadvantage. The trials will also expand understanding about the safety of autonomous vehicles, their suitability to Queensland driving conditions and how they interact with other road users.
Trials and Research
The RACQ Smart Shuttle is a driverless bus that will be deployed in a series of trials to explore the potential for autonomous vehicles. The trials will help us understand how autonomous vehicles work, their suitability to Queensland driving conditions and how they interact with other road users. Phase one was located on Karragarra Island and was Queensland’s first full on-road trial. This trial is stage two. These trials are a joint initiative between RACQ and Redland City Council.
Phase one and two of the trial program, Redlands Coast Smart Mobility Trials, was a joint initiative between the RACQ and Redland City Council, and Queensland’s first full on-road trial of an autonomous vehicle. Stage 1 saw the vehicle successfully deployed on Karragarra Island in Queensland’s Moreton Bay from November 2019-April 2020 and Stage 2 the vehicle was deployed in Raby Bay, Cleveland from late November 2020 until 30 June 2021.
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Hours of operation
The RACQ Smart Shuttle will run:
Wednesday to Friday 9am-3pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm
How long is the trial running?
The Raby Bay trial will run until end of June 2021.
How can I get involved or find out more about the trial?
Please see Redland City Council’s redland.qld.gov.au/RACQSmartShuttle for more information about the trial, the vehicle and for any service disruption updates.
Will there be an operator/driver?
While the RACQ Smart Shuttle is fully autonomous, a chaperone will be on board to assist passengers, administer user surveys and to answer any questions regarding the technology, safety and operation of the Shuttle.
The chaperone will also be able to manually operate the shuttle if required.
Chaperones are employed by Redlands City Council and are accredited transport operators.
How can I ride the shuttle?
The RACQ Smart Shuttle will operate on a fixed route loop starting at the Raby Bay Harbour Precinct, travelling along Masthead Drive to the Raby Bay Foreshore Park.
The shuttle will be free to passengers.
Get to know the RACQ Smart Shuttle
The RACQ Smart Shuttle is the EasyMile EZ10 model. EasyMile has operated in 21 countries and have transported more than 320,000 passengers over 250,000km without serious incident.
The RACQ Smart Shuttle uses autonomous driving systems and multiple lidar to navigate the route and detect and react to any obstacle in the shuttles pathway.
Other features of the RACQ Smart Shuttle include:
- Level 4 - high automation
- Fully electric
- Seats 6 plus 6 standing
- Electric ramp for wheelchair access
- Maximum trial speed - 20km/hr
- Seatbelts onboard
- Obstacle detection - within 40 metres
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