- Wednesday 13 December 2017
Sunshine Coast will be the first council in South East Queensland to experience the future of transport as the EasyMile EZ10 electric, driverless shuttle arrives in Mooloolaba.
Sunshine Coast locals will be able to experience driverless technology as part of a public demonstration of the autonomous vehicle from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 December on the Mooloolaba Esplanade.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said local residents and visitors would be the first in South East Queensland to experience the technology, a fitting result given the Sunshine Coast’s position as a healthy, smart and creative region.
“It’s great that our residents and visitors will have the first opportunity in the south east to see and experience the technology for themselves, and you couldn’t get a better backdrop than our beautiful Mooloolaba,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The Sunshine Coast is known as a Smart City leader and electric driverless technology is definitely of interest to us in the long term as we consider transport solutions for our communities.
“South East Queensland has its own unique transport challenges. On behalf of the Council of Mayors (SEQ), I encourage locals to experience the autonomous shuttle first hand and consider the many applications of this technology across the region.”
EasyMile’s Simon Pearce said the demonstration highlighted the impressive capabilities and safety features of the EZ10, and the benefits self-driving technology could offer in connecting residents to traditional public transport and improving mobility for those who are unable to drive.
“The EZ10 fully autonomous shuttle has a capacity of 12 customers and has been designed to cover short pre-defined routes through embedded and localisation technologies. Using the latest sensory technology, the vehicle can safely respond to environmental changes like moving pedestrians, cyclists and other cars.
“Easy Mile is excited to partner with Sunshine Coast Council and the Council of Mayors (SEQ) to showcase driverless technology in South East Queensland. Mooloolaba is the first stop for the region, but we look forward to giving other parts of South East Queensland a chance to experience this new technology for themselves.”
Free public demonstrations of EasyMile’s EZ10 fully autonomous shuttle will take place at the Mooloolaba Esplanade from 14 to 16 December 2017.
For session times go to council's EasyMile Automated Bus event page.