Queensland’s first driverless bus trial began on Karragarra Island, paving the way for autonomous vehicles across the state.

The RACQ Smart Shuttle will be making trips around the island on weekdays and residents and visitors will be able to ride the bus for free during the 6 month trial.

RACQ head of public policy Rebecca Michael said the trial would give companies, communities and governments a greater understanding of autonomous vehicles, their suitability to Australian driving conditions and how they interacted with other road users.

“It’s a critical step in the broader process of integrating this technology more permanently on our roads in future, but it’s equally as important that it’s trusted by Queenslanders,” Dr Michael said.

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