Phase 3 began in February 2020 and is currently operating inside Coffs Harbour’s picturesque botanic gardens.
The phase will offer plenty of opportunity for growth and development as the technology is tested through a range of use cases and is set to be the most exciting phase of the trial yet. The botanic gardens offers a closed environment for the project team to further test features of the vehicle while all abilities, young or old, can enjoy having a ride. For the first time in Australia, ground based localisation (using road markings) has been used to provide a robust GPS signal for the vehicle.
Passengers are asked to fill out a pre-ride and post-ride survey as their ticket onto the vehicle. Collecting passenger perceptions on driverless technology enables the project team to gain a broader understanding of how these vehicles can complement the current regional transport network and in what capacity.
The vehicle operates Mon-Tue and Thu-Sat, 9am-5pm. The phase has four stops along the way where passengers can get out and explore the gardens.