Northern Territory Driverless Bus Trial 2017

The Driverless Bus Trial was undertaken jointly by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and Darwin Waterfront Corporation, to realise the commitment of the Northern Territory Government to deploy and explore automated vehicle technology for passenger transport, in a range of different operating environments.

In late 2016 Australia’s first EasyMile EZ10 automated vehicle was leased for 11 months for a trial at the Darwin Waterfront precinct and Central Business District. Trial objectives were to:

  • Deploy, test and learn first-hand about automated vehicle technology on a public roadway and pedestrian environment
  • Raise awareness and receive feedback regarding automated vehicles
  • Assess and evaluate outcomes to plan to deliver innovative, well-regulated and sustainable transport services

The trial operated from 15 February to 7 September 2017 and overall statistics for the trial were:

  • Public trial days of operation – 171 days (approximately 6 months)
  • Passengers on the bus – 5,912
  • Kilometres travelled – 1,646 km
  • Consumer feedback – 88% positive

An Evaluation Summary (3.3 mb) of the trial is now available.

Last updated: 05 November 2018