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Australia's most advanced automated vehicle, ZOE2, was launched in Bundaberg this week with locals encouraged to book in for a test drive at the Bundaberg Multiplex.

Australia's most advanced automated vehicle, ZOE2, was launched in Bundaberg this week with locals encouraged to book in for a test drive at the Bundaberg Multiplex.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey joined local member Tom Smith to officially launch the pilot.

Mr Bailey said the pilot was a great opportunity to experience the future in action.

“What we are test driving here today is cutting-edge technology in the automated driving space, and where better to try it out than in regional Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.

“In an Australian first, the fully electric car can adapt its speed to a school zone, move through several intersections and summon a driver-less service on a public road.

“What we’re doing here in Bundy has only been done a handful of times globally – putting this region in the map for new tech.”

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith encouraged locals to sign up to test the automated vehicle out over the coming days.

“150 people will have the opportunity to jump in the car and experience it first hand,” Mr Smith said.

“While it has all the features of a conventional car, its sensors give it a level of automation which isn’t available in any other type of vehicle commercially available in Australia today.

“If you haven’t already, get online and secure a spot behind the wheel.”

Transport and Main Roads, in partnership with Queensland University of Technology and iMOVE national co-operative research centre, are jointly funding a $3.4 million program of research focused on how ZOE2’s technology will interact with our roads, its drivers and other road users.

To register your interest and book in a test drive for ZOE2 between June 6 and June 10 visit http://tinyurl.com/Zoe2Demo

Australia's most advanced automated vehicle, ZOE2, was launched in Bundaberg this week with locals encouraged to book in for a test drive at the Bundaberg Multiplex.

Renault ZOE2 technical specifications:

  • Electric motor: 80kW
  • Range: About 300km in manual driving mode
  • Battery: 41kWh
  • Charge rate: From zero percent to 95 percent in two hours on 22kW, three-phase charger
  • Sensor arrays: Lidars, stereo camera, radar, GPS, IMU
  • Central display: Information screen 26cm LCD, Perception screen 17.5cm LCD
  • Kerb weight: 1500kg (base without additional equipment)
  • Top speed: 50km/h (automated), Top speed 130 km/h (manual)
  • Built by VEDECOM Institute. VEDECOM Institute's partners include 40 members in automotive and aviation sectors, mobility ecosystem infrastructure and service operators, and academic research bodies.

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