Driverless car trial given green light for Adelaide’s city streets

By Andrew Spence

The South Australian government last week granted permission to trial autonomous vehicles in the central business district of Adelaide.

The authorised trial period runs until 30 June 2020 and will be limited to a defined city block in the heart of the CBD.

Under the conditions of the gazetted notice, the cars must be right-hand drive, the trial area must be cleared of vehicle and pedestrian traffic before it can commence and at least 28 days’ notice must be given ahead of each proposed trial.

Cohda Wireless is a global leader in driverless car technology and is headquartered in Adelaide with offices in Europe, the United States and China.

In June this year, the company took ownership of two specially-modified vehicles from the United States, which it is using in advanced trials of its world-leading V2X (Vehicle-To-Everything) technology.

The two Lincoln MKZ sedans have been fitted with Cohda Wireless software and V2X on-board units and an array of gadgets and devices to enable them to drive autonomously. The vehicles will also have the ability to communicate with each other and transport infrastructure such as traffic lights.

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