A new driverless taxi will be launched by the City of Sydney in 2020, with a goal to eventually be used by as many as one million people in the region.
In a statement released today, the city said the project was being developed to provide a new type of public transport service in the City and to reduce congestion on city streets.
“Our goal is to provide the highest level of comfort and convenience to drivers as well as passengers in a driverless car,” Mayor Clover Moore said.
“This means offering an unparalleled level of safety, with no human driver, no need for passengers to be distracted or distracted, and the opportunity to get around Sydney with a minimum of fuss.”
By reducing the number of cars on the road, we can create a safer, more walkable and more pleasant place for everyone.
“Ms Moore said it was also part of the city’s “zero emissions” drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the project targeting “road trips to the city from 10 per cent of total vehicle emissions by 2020”.
The project will be operated by A3 Robotics, which has developed a number of driverless vehicles for other industries including construction and the automotive sector.”
We are excited about this new technology as it opens up a new era of transportation in Sydney, and will also provide more options for Sydneysiders.””
Driverless cars are an exciting and innovative technology, and Sydney is poised to be a global leader in driverless vehicle technology.”
We are excited about this new technology as it opens up a new era of transportation in Sydney, and will also provide more options for Sydneysiders.
“Driverless taxi project is funded by $30 million in government fundingThe announcement comes as the city is also investing $30m in a project that aims to make public transport more comfortable for people with disabilities.
Mayor Moore said the new project would be used for short trips between locations, as well a longer journey between different locations.
The City of London has a pilot project which uses a driver-operated taxi, but Ms Moore said that the city was working on a wider project with a greater amount of passengers.”
And, of course, it will be a great way to get people to and from work, as it’s less likely to take too long.”