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Ride free in state's first driverless bus

Tue 6 March, 2018

Victorians are queuing up to book a ride on this state’s first self-driven shuttle bus at La Trobe University in Bundoora.

Rides are part of test trials of the Autonobus being developed by La Trobe University and already more than 300 students, staff and residents from surrounding suburbs have registered to take part.

According to Director of La Trobe’s Centre for Technology Infusion Professor Ani Desaid, everyone is invited to come and give feedback to help shape the future of transport in Victoria.

Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale will be riding the bus on Friday 9 March with other councillors and local residents.

“Banyule Council is committed to looking at alternative forms of transport and I’m very proud that research into this is being done right in our own backyard at La Trobe University,” Cr Di Pasquale said.

“Registering to have a ride on the bus on a set route along Science Drive at La Trobe’s Bundoora campus gives us all a great chance to play a part in an essential stage of the success of the Autonobus.”

The Autonobus project aims to gain a better understanding of how autonomous vehicles can be integrated into the existing public transport system to connect passengers to a transport hub.

It is partly funding by the Victorian government Smarter Journeys Program and is a collaboration between VicRoads, Keolis Downer, La Trobe University, HMI, RACV and ARRB.

The trial finishes at the end of May.

To register to be part of the trial or find out more visit