WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is contributing to the evolving global trend for automated vehicles and has been engaged by the RAC to undertake route assessments for their fully-automated driverless bus.
The trial will be key to understanding how driverless buses, and automated vehicles in general, can be deployed in a staggered and safe manner onto local road networks.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Client Director for Western Australia, Phil Nicholls, spoke of the significance of the project.
‘This is a fantastic venture for the RAC, and it is a prime opportunity to gain feedback and an understanding of the needs of the community with regard to driverless vehicle technologies.
‘This project is a significant milestone for the industry, being one of the first automated bus trials in the southern hemisphere.
‘In delivering the project, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff used a unique and structured process to assess appropriate routes for deployment of the bus to ensure it interacts with vehicles and users, while also reducing road-user and community risk to a minimum,’ said Mr Nicholls.
These works follow on from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s regional role for Austroads, where we drafted guidance papers on the introduction of automated vehicles for road operators in Australia and New Zealand.
Globally, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is encouraging public debate on automated vehicles around the world. Five of the company’s international experts are due to present at the ITS World Congress in Melbourne next month.