Driverless Cars To Take To Adelaide Highway At Weekend
A number – possibly two – of autonomously equipped Volvo XC90s, interior pictured, will demonstrate lane keeping, adaptive cruise control and other delights of driverless traffic in what’s said to be a fully automated mode.
The demo itself is restricted to media, “VIPs” and invited road research groups, suggesting part of the expressway will be off limits to the public. But Telstra will be livestreaming the demonstrations from inside one of the Volvos via a Web site.
The demo will follow a two-day International Driverless Car Conference, hosted by South Australia, taking place today and tomorrow in Adelaide. The event has been organised by Melbourne based road research group ARRB.
Volvo Australia managing director Kevin McCann, in Adelaide for the trial, told the Adelaide Advertiser that autonomous technology is already available in cars today and it is now a matter for legislation to catch up.
SA Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan has in fact already introduced a bill to Parliament on legislation to enable real-life road trials, but there is no timeline on when it will be passed.