Perth is set to be the first Australian city to trial a driver-less bus, according to West Australia’s transport minister.
The ABC reports that a trial of a French-made bus using “multi-sensor technology” will begin at the WA RAC’s private roads. The bus will arrive in April.
"The timing to actually get it onto public roads will really be [dependent on] satisfying the Government and Department of Transport that the regulations are right, that it's safe enough," Terry Agnew, chief executive of the state's RAC, told the ABC.
"So I can't give a timing on that simply because that will be their call."
Ninemsn reports that the buses will travel at a maximum speed of 45 kilometres an hour, average around 25 kilometres an hour, and be able to carry 15 passengers along an as-yet unnamed route.
A collection of cities with driverless buses on their roads profiled by Gizmodo last October includes Lausanne (Switzerland), Zhengzhou (China) and Trikalu (Greece).