University of Melbourne plugs driverless shuttle into its urban transport lab
The University of Melbourne’s Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) has taken delivery of an EasyMile EZ10 autonomous shuttle bus as part of a three-year partnership between the university and EasyMile.
“Having our own autonomous vehicle at the University of Melbourne gives students and academics the opportunity to focus their research projects on real-life transport solutions to improve safety, sustainability and reduce congestion, ” said University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis.
The EZ10 driverless shuttle
The EZ10 is a driverless electric vehicle, carrying up to 15 passengers, with a maximum speed of 45 kilometres per hour. This vehicle is being run and tested in 20 countries across Asia-Paciﬁc, the Middle-East, North America, and Europe.
Connected, connected, connected!
The EasyMile EZ10 boasts an impressive collection of new technology, but the really interesting results from this vehicle won’t be how it performs alone, but rather how it connects to the bigger transport picture.
“The benefits of autonomous vehicles are only realised if they are connected with other transport solutions,” said Professor Majid Sarv, University of Melbourne Professor in Transport for Smart Cities and AIMES Director.
“By partnering with EasyMile through projects such as the University’s Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) – a world-first living laboratory based in the streets of Melbourne – we are able to test highly integrated transport technology that make a real difference to people’s lives,” he said.
See the autonomous parking service in action in the short video below: