Driverless Shuttle Takes Pole Position

Filed under Council, News, Technology - IT - AI ~ by Press on  21 Nov 2019

Newcastle’s driverless shuttle will be available for test-ride in Wheeler Place this weekend.

Aussie Racing Cars driver Charlotte Poynting checks out the new City of Newcastle app.

Newcastle’s Aussie Racing Cars driver Charlotte Poynting participated in the announcement, coinciding with City of Newcastle’s mobile app release.

The driverless shuttle moves a bit slower than I will be around the track this weekend, but it’s just as exciting that this futuristic transport technology is being used in Newcastle,” Ms. Poynting said.

Newcastle is my home-town and it’s great to see the way the city is changing and embracing technology like never before.”

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the driverless shuttle will be operating in full driverless mode in Wheeler Place as part of a busy weekend of activities and events planned in Newcastle.

Community members and racegoers keen to take a ride can turn up to Wheeler Place from 10am both Saturday and Sunday to experience driverless technology,” the Lord Mayor said.

Keolis Downer staff including driverless shuttle specialists and trained chaperones will be onsite to answer people’s questions around the trial.”

City of Newcastle has developed a mobile app to enhance doing business with the City and finding key points of interest.

The app provides information on current and upcoming events, late-breaking City-related news, feature attractions, accommodation, and hospitality offerings

Wayfinding and a portal to report issues to the City for fixing are also offerings in the app.

Future augmented reality content is planned to enrich experiences, such as guided walking tours, and help improve awareness of Newcastle’s history and heritage buildings.

Business that want to be included in the app can upload their relevant information to the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, the same data source used in the newly refreshed Visit Newcastle website.

The City of Newcastle App is available for download via the Apple store and Google Play.

Mick Byrne (left) owner of We Make Apps, Dr Nathaniel Bavinton City of Newcastle Smart City Coordinator, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, driver Charlotte Poynting and James Vidler City of Newcastle Smart City Analyst at Wheeler Place.

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