EasyMile is seeking government funding to launch a set of autonomous shuttle trials in rural and suburban communities throughout Australia. The goal is to provide access to those in need of essential services, with each community and local councils deciding where to set up stops.
In Adelaide, for example, trial buses will transport passengers to and from hospitals and shopping centers. The adoption of “risky” technologies often find early acceptance where pain is greatest, particularly when regulatory bodies are involved. So far, even old people have been embracing the technology.