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Curtin’s autonomous bus trial will contribute to the growing field of research in automated driving technology.

Potential positive changes of driverless technology

Autonomous vehicles will transform not only the way we commute, but how we engage with our community and environment. Some of these potential positive changes include:

  • Safer and more sustainable transport.
  • More mobility options for people who are unable to drive (such as the elderly or people with a vision impairment).
  • Reduction in traffic congestion and noise pollution.
  • Transformation of our urban layout (less roads and car parks required).
  • More affordable transport costs.
  • Increases in cultural connectivity and engagement.

Safety and responsibilities

  • 90% of all car incidents are caused by human error. Driverless technology can help to reduce the number of accidents on our roads, and significantly reduce the costs associated with vehicle crashes.
  • One of the biggest challenges for driverless cars is negotiating other manual drivers on the roads, and also protecting the technology from external interference.

Research opportunities

Academics from across the University are researching how we can better understand and use driverless technology. Research projects include:

  • How autonomous vehicles can be successfully utilised by people with physical disabilities.
  • How the technology can help develop global and regional navigation satellite systems.
  • How autonomous vehicles transform the way passengers and the wider community understand their relationship with everyday technologies.

If you are a research academic interested in pursuing AV bus research, please contact the Chair of the AV Bus Research Trial, Professor Tele Tan.

Environmental impact

Curtin’s autonomous bus is run completely on electricity, which makes it environmentally friendly and reduces its carbon footprint.