Driverless car manufacturer RDM Group has established its Asia Pacific (APAC) headquarters in Adelaide.
The new office will be responsible for purchasing, sales and technology support. There are also plans to develop an assembly plant there in the future.
The move adds to Adelaide’s reputation as a driverless car hub – the city was the first in the world to trial driverless cars.
RDM Group chief executive officer David Keene said that the move was the first expansion for the company in the region.
“There is massive demand for creating autonomous mobility solutions in Australia and we want to make sure our technology is at the forefront of any new developments,” Keene said.
“With this in mind, we feel the opportunity deserves a local presence and we are delighted to have taken a technical office at Flinders University, within the world class Tonsley Innovation District.
“This will give us the base to develop an Australian supply chain and to explore new opportunities, with the longer-term plan to create a bespoke assembly facility in Adelaide that will supply vehicles direct to customers across the Asia-Pacific region.”
The Tonsley Hub where the office will be based is also home to medical technologies company Micro-X, Siemens and Zen Energy and SA TAFE. The hub is designed by the South Australian government specifically to build industry and research collaboration.
The RDM announcement comes as the South Australian government opens a new Future Mobility Lab Fund to increase testing, research and development of autonomous vehicles in the state.
The government’s fund includes $10 million for research and development purposes. It has already received $20 million worth of grant applications.