Driverless Bus

Hop on board our 'Murray' - Renmark Driverless Bus  

Welcome to the home of ‘Murray’, the State’s first regional autonomous shuttle.

Murray is an electric, driverless vehicle providing a free trial service in the community specifically focused on the mobility needs of the elderly, those with restricted transport opportunities, and the tourism sector.

This project is funded by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastucture’s Future Mobility Lab fund in conjunction with world leading autonomous vehicle technology company, EasyMile, and SAGE Automation.

A research component by Flinders University will be carried out for the duration of the trial.

Murray was launched in August 2019, where his unique design and name were revealed as a result of a public ‘design and name’ competition.

Book your seat on Murray here  (Access to view Murray’s schedule and mapping route)

Phone bookings available 08 8586 1040 (Call centre operates 9.00am to Midday)

 

Renmark Driverless Bus Trial – Frequently Asked Questions

About the Trial

What is the purpose of the trial?

The purpose of the trial is to demonstrate the capability of driverless vehicles to:

  • improve mobility of residents to community facilities
  • understand levels of acceptance of automated vehicle technology by the community
  • service the local community in providing a first and last mile public transport mobility solution
  • capability of the technology in a complex regional environment
  • utilisation of the technology for the aged, tourism and feeder service to existing public transport
  • contribution of autonomous vehicle to smart city solutions

What is the duration of the trial?

The trial is for two years with a phased approach.

Phase one of the trial is now open to the public. It is anticipated that Phase 2 of the trial which may involve a different route will begin in early 2020, to service areas of the riverfront precinct with a focus on tourism.

Is this trial being funded by ratepayers?

No, the trial is funded through the South Australian Governments Future Mobility Lab Fund with in-kind support from key partners such as Sage Automation and Flinders University.

Why did the trial take so long to begin?

Safety of the community is of the highest concern for this trial. Rigorous vehicle testing and training of chaperones was undertaken to ensure safety which took time given the complex environment.

Where can I find a timetable?

You can find the latest timetable and service information, and book a ride at http://renmark.rideswithSAGE.com

Who can use the bus?

The bus is available to anyone within the community. You can either wait at a bus stop or make a booking online at http://renmark.rideswithSAGE.com

The site also has the latest timetable and services information.

Can I take a ride in my wheelchair?

Yes you can. The shuttle has an automatic ramp to assist with boarding. When booking a ride please indicate that you will need room for your wheelchair and ask for assistance from the safety chaperone.

Where will the bus be going?

The bus will service a number of community facilities within Renmark, including the over 50’s village, the library and the 14th Street shopping precinct.

The details about the exact route are available online and will be displayed at every bus stop.

Where will the bus be stored at night?

The bus will be securely stored close to the route, this is where it will also be charged overnight.

Why is there no signage to explain the trial / the bus/ changed pedestrian and road conditions?

There are signs installed along the route to advise the community when they are within the driverless bus trial zone.

How many passengers can the bus carry?

The bus can carry 6 passengers with seatbelts for passenger safety

About the Vehicle

Why is the bus driving slowly?

Currently the EasyMile technology is safe to operate at a maximum speed of 20km/hr.

What does the bus run on?

The shuttle is battery powered and is therefore an electric vehicle

Are there cameras on board?

Yes, there is one internal and two external cameras to ensure safety of passengers and the vehicle.

How does the vehicle work?

The shuttle follows a pre-recorded route, similar to virtual tram tracks, which has been happening over the past weeks. The shuttle relies on the fusion of several sensors (localisation lasers, GPS, odometer and cameras) to navigate and localise itself while traveling the route.

Why is there a driver on the bus if it is driverless?

The safety operator is to welcome passengers, explain how the vehicle and technology operates and take control only if required.

What happens if there is an obstacle in front of the vehicle?

To maximise safety and obstacle detection, various sensors and detection lasers have been installed around the vehicle. They allow the shuttle to see and detect obstacles over 50 meters around it. Depending on the speed of the vehicle and its distance to the obstacle, the sensors slow down or stop the vehicle.

Are there already shuttles in operation?

EasyMile has numerous projects around the world, including another trial in South Australia at Munno Para.

Safety

Will it stop at a pedestrian crossing if kids are waiting to cross?

The vehicle will stop at all pedestrian crossings.

Will it stop at a red traffic light?

The vehicle will stop at red traffic lights.

Who is liable if there is an accident?

This will be determined by the situation under normal SA road law.

Is there an emergency button on board?

Yes, the vehicle has emergency buttons on board.

Is there a ramp for wheelchairs/prams?

Yes there is an in-built access ramp and the bus is wheelchair accessible.

Can it hit someone/something?

No, the system has a safety net to ensure it does not hit objects.

Is there an emergency exit?

Yes there is an emergency exit

Can someone hack into the system?

No, the system is secured and uses state of the art encryption

Does the shuttle have seatbelts? Is it required to by legislation?

The vehicle has seatbelts which is a requirement by DPTI under the terms of approval for this trial.

Can young children ride on the bus?

Passengers under the age of 12 months are not permitted on the vehicle. Between 12 months and 4 years old, they must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or supervisor and restrained in a stroller, pram or capsule which is secured in a rearward positon.

Passengers over the age of 4 but less than 7, the child must be seated in rearward facing seat with their seatbelt secure

Custom Built Smart Traffic Control Signal

Why has a smart traffic control signal been installed?

DPTI determined that the smart traffic control signal was needed to ensure the safety of shuttle crossing the dual-carriageway on Ral Ral Avenue.

How does the signal work?

It operates using a geo-fenced connection with the vehicle, such that when the bus enters the geo-fenced area the smart traffic control signals operate providing an amber and then a red signal, stopping the traffic on Ral Ral Avenue.

Will it affect drivers when the shuttle is not in the vicinity?

No, the signal will only be in operation when the shuttle is wanting to cross the intersection, reducing the impact on traffic movement at the intersection.

How long will the signal be there for?

The signals are removable, and will only be at the intersection for the duration of the trial.

What happens if the signal does not work?

If the signal does not work, the safety operator will ensure the shuttle is safe to cross the intersection.

If required, traffic controllers will be at the intersection while the issue with the signal is being rectified.

EasyMile

Who is EasyMile and what is its field of activity?

  • French company based in Toulouse, with offices in Singapore, Berlin (Germany) and Denver (USA)
  • Established in June 2014, has more than 180 employees
  • Develops software for vehicle automation
  • Markets intelligent mobility solutions for the transport of people and goods, such as the EZ10

Who makes the shuttle?

The vehicle is made by Ligier, French car manufacturer and partner of EasyMile. All the software allowing the vehicle to work autonomously is developed by EasyMile

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