This morning (26 Nov 2019) David Camus was proud to be a guest representing One Bright Cloud at the cutting of the ribbon for the Karragarra Island RACQ Smart Shuttle.
The driverless bus, a joint initiative between RACQ and Redland City Council with the support of Council of Mayors SEQ, commenced timetabled services on the island, and residents and visitors were welcomed to step onboard for free.
Councillor Mark Edwards – Division 5 Redland Bay opens the event.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams gave details of how this was the first full test Autonomous Vehicle trail in Queensland and that the unique Australian environmental challenges were being put to the test, including the Gum tree growing in the middle of the road. Mayor Williams said, “For me, this journey began in 2017 when I go to experience this technology when in Singapore with the Council of Mayors (SEQ) and I knew then that this innovation could make a real difference to our island communities.”
Rebecca Michael – RACQ Head of Public Policy explained that this trial will give us greater understanding of autonomous vehicles, their suitability to Australian driving conditions and how they interact with other road users. Dr Michael stated that “It’s a critical step in the broader process of integrating this technology more permanently on our roads in future, but it’s equally as important that it’s trusted by Queenslanders”.
Greg Gerrard from Easy Mile explained that there are more than 250 projects happening using Easy Mile, and to date, there have been no accidents. He noted that this trial will bridge the gap for the first and last mile on a journey and pointed out the hundreds of cars parked at the ferry terminal and the last mile connection of these vehicles.