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Newcastle Driverless Bus Trial Launches

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Described as level four autonomy, the fully self-driving vehicle is now available to ride along Wharf Rd on Weekdays between 10AM-2PM.

Funded by the ‘Smart Cities’ program the trial will run for three months.

The zero-emissions vehicle has a seating capacity for eleven people and is fully accessible.

Extra safety precautions are taken to ensure safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, including regular deep cleans and limiting seating capacity to three guests and a chaperone.

During the trial, a chaperone will always be on board ready to take manual control if needed.

The vehicle is fitted with lap belts which must be worn by passengers at all times.

Written by: Matt Morris

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