According to The Australian Financial Review, Perth residents will be among the first people in Australia to summon driverless cars on a mobile phone app and zoom around local streets after a French "Intellicar" arrived in the Western Australian capital.
Perth is one of only three cities, along with Paris and an undisclosed North American city, to trial the autonomous on-demand electric car, which is made by France's NAVYA, after WA automobile club RAC successfully introduced the Intellibus in 2016.
The Intellicar, which will start trials in controlled spaces this week, is "substantially more complex" to operate than the Intellibus because it doesn't follow a fixed route, RAC Group's chief executive Terry Agnew told The Australian Financial Review.
"It's time to build on what we've done with the Intellibus," Mr Agnew said. Other states have been running trials of driverless shuttle buses, but have not yet put driverless cars on public roads.
The Intellicars can carry up to six passengers each, and have a maximum operating speed of 90 km/h with a recommended operating speed of 20 to 50 km/h.
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