Industry partnership to drive Adelaide's 'autonomous vehicle hub'

An exciting new partnership between Australian mass transit specialist Transit Australia Group (TAG) and international electric driverless technology company EasyMile has signalled South Australia as its innovation epicentre.

The EZ10 driverless vehicle carries up to 15 people and can operate on existing roadway and public infrastructure.

The EZ10 driverless vehicle carries up to 15 people and can operate on existing roadway and public infrastructure.

EasyMile currently operates in Asia-Pacific, Middle-East, America and Europe, with its flagship vehicle, the EZ10 driverless electric shuttle bus, carrying up to 15 passengers (eight seated and seven standing) and travelling at a speed of up to 45km/h.

In the first collaboration of its nature in Australia, TAG’s mass transit capabilities and experience nationally will be critical in supporting the integration of the vehicles into public transport systems with a focus on deployment, operations and maintenance during the trials.

TAG CEO Michael McGee said the partnership approach offered governments the opportunity to undertake a robust examination of how autonomous vehicle technology could be used as a mobility solution.

“We have combined world-leading autonomous vehicle products and technology with our expertise and innovation in designing and operating mass transit networks,” Mr McGee says.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to work with a world leader and to explore how we can integrate this emerging technology into existing public transport systems as a ‘first and last mile’ mobility solution.”

Read the full media release at tagroup.net.au

BUSTECH TO BUILD 100 METRO BUSES IN TASMANIA

Transit Australia Group’s manufacturing arm Bustech has this week made history securing a contract to build 100 low emission buses for Tasmania’s Metro network.

The $45 million project marks the single biggest investment in public transport in Tasmania’s history. It is also the first time any Australian government has procured buses that are entirely made in Australia.

Bustech is Australia’s only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with each bus built using chassis designed, engineered and made in-house.

The Metro contract will see Bustech partner with Tasmanian company Elphinstone Pty Ltd on the state’s North-West Coast to utilise existing capabilities while providing a boost to local manufacturing.

The four-year project is expected to create 40 new full-time jobs in Tasmania, including at least 24 jobs at Elphinstone and additional jobs throughout the local supply chain.

Elphinstone’s executive general manager Lee Whiteley, Tasmanian transport minister Rene Hidding and Transit Australia Group chairman Luke Gray

Elphinstone’s executive general manager Lee Whiteley, Tasmanian transport minister Rene Hidding and Transit Australia Group chairman Luke Gray