10 Dec 2018 High-Tech
World-leading French autonomous vehicle innovator EasyMile recently made South Australia the home base for its Australia and New Zealand headquarters.
EasyMile signed an MoU in July with Transit Australia Group (TAG) and the South Australian Government to deliver autonomous vehicles into South Australia and Asia Pacific markets.
The MoU will see TAG also establish a national Operational Control Centre for ongoing management of autonomous vehicles.
The agreement further cements South Australia’s position as the preferred location for development and deployment of autonomous mobility in the Asia Pacific region and is likely to open further opportunities to connect businesses with our other sectors including defence, space and agri-business thereby increasing investment and trade opportunities across South Australia.
EasyMile Chief Executive Gilbert Gagnaire said South Australia is the perfect ‘test bed’ for the company’s autonomous vehicle technology, and they are keen to invest in skilling a new workforce and building on the state’s existing AV ecosystem.
“Our vision for South Australia is to provide customer centric transport solutions to address public transport challenges, leading to the creation of a new industry for the state,” he said.
Partnering with the City of Playford, with the support of a $350,000 grant from the State Government’s Future Mobility Lab Fund, EasyMile will begin testing its shuttles on local roads in the coming months.
The Playford Connect trial will be the first validation in South Australia of EasyMile’s autonomous vehicles and its technology platform.
EasyMile hopes to extend its trials beyond Adelaide into regional South Australia in a bid to assist these communities address a range of transport challenges.
The Renmark Paringa Council has shown great interest to run an autonomous electric shuttle trial in Renmark.
This week, a EZY10 shuttle will be on display in Renmark to demonstrate EasyMile’s intent to address transport challenges for the elderly and those with disabilities in the regions.