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Curtin’s driverless bus

Curtin is the first Australian university to trial a commercial driverless bus. This trial will contribute to the growing field of research in automated driving technology.

Meet Kip

How Kip is driving research and innovation.

Why trial an autonomous bus?

Once confined to science fiction, automated technology is now an everyday reality. Curtin’s autonomous bus is carrying out research in navigation satellite systems, road safety, sustainable transport systems and mobility options for people who are unable to drive.

More about the potential for driverless technology and the research we’re undertaking.

How it works

Curtin’s autonomous bus runs on 100 per cent electricity, and uses input digital programming, remote sensors and GPS to determine its route and navigate obstacles.

The bus can carry up to 11 passengers and safely drive up to 45km per hour. A technician rides in the bus to monitor its performance, and can manually operate the controls if required.

Curtin’s driverless bus was named through a community competition. Patrick Ryan entered his suggestion of ‘Kip’ after John and Elsie Curtin’s pet kelpie dog, and this was voted by the public as the winner.

Read about the history of the name Kip.

Where does Kip go?

Curtin’s autonomous bus travels on a pre-determined route from building 304 to 408, from 10am to 2pm, Monday – Thursday.

See Kip, the driverless bus’ route

Please note: The bus contains remote sensors, stereo cameras and GPS systems to detect obstacles, however, it’s important that pedestrians, cyclists and those operating vehicles be mindful of the bus if travelling along this route.

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