France’s EasyMile autonomous vehicle technology steers into Australia
08 Aug 2018
Autonomous vehicle technology company EasyMile, Transit Australia Group
(TAG) and the
South Australian Government
have joined forces to create an autonomous vehicle hub in Adelaide.
The three partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in July,
which will see EasyMile and TAG, a
mass transit specialist, deliver autonomous vehicles to Australian and Asia
‘South Australia is the perfect “test bed” for our autonomous vehicle
technology and we’re keen to invest in skilling a new workforce and
building on the state’s existing autonomous vehicle ecosystem,’ says
Gilbert Gagnaire, Chief Executive, EasyMile.
South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway
adds that TAG’s autonomous electric buses will be built in Adelaide for
both domestic and export markets. ‘This agreement further cements our
state’s position as the preferred location for development and deployment
of autonomous mobility in the Asia-Pacific region,’ he says.
Australia offers an ideal market to develop, innovate and refine new modes
of transport and transport technology.
Australian transport ministers have agreed to a phased reform agenda so
that highly and fully automated vehicles can operate safely and legally on
Australian roads from 2020. The Australian Government is releasing
bandwidth for dedicated Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) and spending over A$200
million on satellite and GPS technology.
Meanwhile, other state governments and universities are also partnering
with EasyMile on vehicle trials and research. In July 2018, the NSW
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey announced the
is partnering with EasyMile, Busways, Coffs Harbour City Council and Via to
trial level-four EZ10 vehicles with capacity to seat 12 passengers.
The northern NSW trial comes after an earlier partnership deal in Victoria. In
April 2018, EasyMile signed a three-year research and development agreement
University of Melbourne
to develop autonomous technology and integrated transport solutions.