CONFIRMED: Driverless Vehicle Heading To Newcastle

Plans have been revealed.

CONFIRMED: Driverless Vehicle Heading To Newcastle

It's been revealed a driverless vehicle will soon be operating in Newcastle.

Council is seeking proposals for a company to run an autonomous vehicle with hopes of launching a trial in 2019.

The current plans involve a small shuttle carrying about 12 people at a time through some of the city’s most scenic areas including our beaches and harbour front, which would mirror similar tests completed at Sydney's Olympic Park.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the trial will cement Newcastle as a leader for testing emerging technologies, and further confirm our smart city status.

“Our vision is to be a smart, liveable and sustainable global city by 2030," the Lord Mayor said. "This project provides yet another great opportunity to showcase Newcastle’s smart city initiatives to a national and international audience.

"Automated shuttles and driverless car technologies are at the cutting-edge of transport. This trial will help build our understanding of how the vehicles can fit into existing traffic-dominated cities and connect with existing transport networks.

"City of Newcastle is partnering with a consortium of technology businesses to provide an integrated network for transport, energy and digital infrastructure to transform the city into a living lab."

The trial will go through a safety testing phase before people can ride the shuttle free of charge.