Autonomous Vehicles - Transport of the Future?
Mon 23 Apr 2018
For many decades Shoalhaven companies have been at the forefront of industry innovation, and now another giant leap is in the wind.
It is only a matter of time before driverless and on demand bus services hit south coast roads, and a local company has begun serious and detailed planning to get in on the ground floor.
The state government has called tenders for driverless services in regional areas of New South Wales, and the South Nowra based Premier Motor Service is in the process of preparing a bid.
Premier Managing Director John King recently rode a driverless service in Perth and says you would not notice any difference, compared with a conventional service.
He is also planning to head to Europe shortly to investigate the latest advances in driverless operations.
Mr King says there is also a good chance on demand services will be operating in the Shoalhaven by later this year.
Meantime a former aeronautical specialist has predicted it's only a matter of time before pilotless passenger planes are introduced.
Bert Koens from Greenwell Point spent most of his life as a flight engineer with Qantas, and says pilotless aircraft have been common place in the military for decades.
He says pilotless passenger services will first be introduced by the budget carriers and will be in the air within the next 15 years.