Driverless cars were once science fiction, now they’re real… and they’re here
Back in the 80s, David Hasselhoff had something every kid coveted – KITT, his trusty black Pontiac Firebird that would drive itself to the rescue whenever Hasselhoff – the Knight Rider – called.
Futuristic self-driving vehicles have been a mainstay for heroes on the big and small screen for decades – from KITT to Batman’s remote-controlled Batmobile and Tom Cruise’s red sports car in Minority Report.
Now on-demand driverless vehicles are about to become very real right here in Perth.
This year, along with Paris and Las Vegas, Perth will be one of only three cities around the world to exclusively trial a new driverless and electric vehicle, which passengers can call up using a mobile phone.
The Autonom, unveiled late last year by French mobility company Navya, is designed to move passengers on-demand anywhere within a set precinct, initially within a trial area of a few kilometres.
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