Fully Charged's recent expedition to Australia came across the first all-electric AND fully autonomous vehicle in the country - the RAC Intellibus (which by the way is French, as NAVYA was bought by RAC).
Although the episode begins with Sundrop Farm's tomatoes, don't be confused, it's still about EVs.
The RAC Intellibus is a level four, or fully autonomous vehicle, that can transport up to 11 passengers.
Driving speed can hit up to 45 km/h (28 mph), but the average travelling speed works out to 20-25 km/h.
According to the review, the Intellibus is able drive and entire day on single battery charge, and when its 33 kWh battery becomes depleted, Intellibus parks over a wireless charging station to top back up.
Currently RAC Intellibus is undergoing trials in South Perth. We should note that other NAVYA ebuses are also used in Europe, and this year also made an appearance at 2017 CES in Las Vegas.
Dimensions Length: 4.80m
Width: 2.05mHeight: 2.60m
Speed Max: 45km/h Average: 20-25km/h Weight Empty: 1.8t Gross weight: 3t Capacity Up to 11 seated Steering 2 x 2 steering wheels Turning radius <4.5m Safety features Emergency stop button
SOS intercom Emergency braking Power shortage brakeSeatbelts
Battery Wireless Induction Charging LifeP04 Localisation & Obstacle detection GPS with Real Time Kinematic corrections
Stereovision camera Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR)Odometry