AUD 2.8 million trial of driverless shuttles begun at Adelaide Airport
11 April 2017
The South Australian government, in partnership with Adelaide Airport, has begun a AUD 2.8 million trial of driverless shuttles, used to transport passengers to and from the airport’s terminal and the long-term carpark. Should the trials prove successful, the driverless shuttles will be become a permanent part of the airport’s operations, with Adelaide Airport managing director, Mark Young, explaining that a small fleet of autonomous electric vehicles would replace the airport’s current diesel-powered shuttle buses. “Adelaide Airport is keen to be an early adopter in this space. This will be a flagship project that, following a full feasibility study, has the potential to substantially improve customer service to match the expectations of visitors and travellers to our modern gateway airport,” Young said, adding: “Their compact size and agility will enable them to operate on a dedicated path at an increased frequency, potentially operating 24 hours a day, reducing road congestion, and significantly lowering carbon emissions.” The project will include new bus shelters that feature solar PV, LED lighting, CCTV, and Wi-Fi, while the buses will use a dedicated charging station partially fed by the airport’s existing onsite 1.17-MW solar PV generation, Young explained.