Transfers between Adelaide Airport’s terminal and long-term carpark are set to go driverless with the $2.8 million trial of a driverless shuttle.
It’s one of seven projects to claim a share of the State Government’s $10 million Future Mobility Lab Fund to drive local development of autonomous vehicle technology.
Autonomous cargo pods for the Tonsley Innovation Precinct and driverless shuttles for Flinders University students are also among the projects to win funding.
Adelaide Airport will receive $1 million from the fund to trial three electric driverless shuttles operating between the long-term carpark and the terminal.
Leading international driverless car supplier RDM Group will also receive $1 million towards a $1.8m driverless cargo pod trial, transporting goods at the Tonsley precinct, with the aim of developing a market-ready autonomous delivery pod within a year.
Another $1m will go to Flinders University, which will collaborate with the RAA on a three-year $4 million driverless shuttle project.
Initially the vehicle will shuttle students around the Tonsley campus, with future plans to extend to the Bedford Park campus and local public transport hubs.
Seven projects will share in $5.6 million from the first round of funding from the Future Mobility Lab Fund.
The $10m Future Mobility Lab Fund was announced in November 2016 to boost local testing, research and development of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.
In all, the State Government received 42 applications for grants worth more than $26 million.
If the Adelaide Airport trial is successful, the driverless passenger shuttles will be become a permanent part of its operations.
Students will collaborate on the Flinders University project with the long-term goal of developing driverless transportation as far as to the Westfield Marion shopping complex.
The $1.8 million RDM project will involve pods similar to the Pod Zero launched in 2016, which will be modified to carry global standard air freight containers.
The UK-based company opened its Asia-Pacific headquarters at the Tonsley Business Precinct in January.