EasyMile’s EZ10 autonomous shuttle in Renmark
The South Australian Government will be rolling out a regional trial of an autonomous shuttle in the Riverland regional community of Renmark in the latest round of the Future Mobility Lab Fund.
EasyMile, in partnership with local company Transit Australia Group (TAG) and the Renmark Paringa Council, will trial the autonomous shuttle which will provide a service specifically focused on the mobility needs of the elderly community and tourism.
The two-year project will be the first regional trial in South Australia will connect the areas of the Renmark CBD including the riverfront, the Renmark Club / Hotel aged care villages, swimming pool, recreation centre, library and the shopping precinct.
The trial will utilise the EasyMile’s fully electric EZ10 autonomous shuttle which can carry up to 14 people, will run at 15 minute intervals and will be free to ride with no booking required.
The project will also see EasyMile sourcing and upskilling local businesses in Renmark Paringa by providing training in operations and maintenance to support the operations centre at Edinburgh operated by TAG.
“An autonomous bus service can help to provide a first and last mile transport solution that meets the needs of a regional community, particularly in terms of servicing the elderly, tourists and the locals,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.
“The State Government is interested in how this service can integrate with the existing regional bus operations.
“It will enable people to use the autonomous shuttle to travel the regional bus stop to catch the traditional bus or coach service that takes them to other destinations like Berri or Adelaide.”
“The trial represents an opportunity to target ageing well participants in our community with the view of improving their independence, mobility and lifestyle,” said Renmark Paringa Council CEO Tony Siviour.
“In addition, Council and Easymile will work with the local business community to encourage the creation of an NDIS service provider co-operative hub to be serviced by the autonomous vehicle route.”
It is anticipated that the service will become operational in the first half of 2019. A safety operator will be on board the autonomous shuttle at all times during the trial.