It’s been a big few days for driverless vehicles, with the first Australian trial of Vehicle to Pedestrian technology taking place earlier this week. Now, to further progress innovation for the transport industry, Telstra joined forces with the NSW Government and a host of partners to launch the NSW’s first trial of a driverless vehicle in Sydney Olympic Park that will run over a two year period.

The trial will showcase how the transport industry will be shaped with the advances in automation technology and the Internet of Things. The ultimate goal of the trial is to find the best ways to harness the next generation of driverless technology and continue to improve safety and reliability for transport customers and road users in NSW.

NSW Government expect office workers at Sydney Olympic Park to be using the automated shuttle by next year, becoming the first to test-ride this new technology before it hits the roads across NSW.

Telstra is already actively exploring autonomous and connected technology on several fronts to understand the challenges and opportunities involved and help bring economic and societal benefits forward. Just last year, there were 1, 292 deaths on Australian roads, and our partnership with Transport NSW reinforces our investment in developing technology that unlocks the potential for numerous social and economic benefits of autonomous vehicles in Australia. We are also a member of the steering committee for the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) to support the acceleration of safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicles onto Australian Roads.