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

TAG Mobility partners with Mobike to launch Gold Coast bikeshare scheme

An innovative, world-first partnership between social enterprise TAG Mobility, a subsidiary of mass transit specialist Transit Australia Group, and the world’s first and largest bikesharing company Mobike has today launched a new bikeshare service on the Gold Coast in time to welcome visitors for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

TAG Mobility GM Derek Mollison with Mobike Australia GM Mina Nada

TAG Mobility GM Derek Mollison with Mobike Australia GM Mina Nada

It is the first partnership of its nature, ensuring the Gold Coast’s bikeshare scheme integrates seamlessly with existing transport and city infrastructure, while maximising the convenience of the bikes.

Working in close collaboration with City of Gold Coast, the scheme adopts a hybrid approach to dockless bikeshare including the introduction of recommended parking areas called ‘Mobike Preferred Locations’, offering a convenient and easily identified parking location.

Another unique feature underpinning the scheme is its commitment to pedalling positive social outcomes for the Gold Coast. TAG Mobility has engaged Good Cycles to use the scheme to engage people experiencing long-term unemployment with meaningful local job opportunities.

TAG Mobility General Manager Derek Mollison said the Gold Coast scheme would create a global benchmark in dockless bikeshare.

The world’s first and largest dockless bikeshare service Mobike launches on the Gold Coast

The world’s first and largest dockless bikeshare service Mobike launches on the Gold Coast

“While bikeshare is still in its infancy in Australia, we have worked closely with the City of Gold Coast and our partners to carefully design an initiative which integrates seamlessly with existing transport modes and city infrastructure,” Mr Mollison says.

“The result is a world-class mobility solution which can be scaled up in line with demand – and which contributes positively to the community through our social enterprise model."

Read the full media release at tagroup.net.au.  

City of Gold Coast awards Transit Australia Group city's first bike-share partnership

The Surfers Paradise foreshore was the perfect backdrop to announce that Transit Australia Group (TAG) would become the City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partner. 

Transit Australia Group awarded City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partnership at a media conference this morning. 

Transit Australia Group awarded City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partnership at a media conference this morning. 

Partnering with international bike-share platform Mobike and social enterprise Good Cycles, TAG chief executive Michael McGee says the Gold Coast’s model will change the perception around bike-sharing in Australia.

“While bike sharing is in its infancy in Australia, we are excited to showcase how our unique approach can enhance mobility with digital disruption while supporting positive social outcomes for the community through a social enterprise model," he said. 

Read the full story here.  

City of Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate trials bike-share, with (L-R) Mobike's Chris Martin, TAG's Michael McGee and Good Cycles Jaison Hoernel

City of Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate trials bike-share, with (L-R) Mobike's Chris Martin, TAG's Michael McGee and Good Cycles Jaison Hoernel