Redlands Coast Smart Mobility Trial

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Raby Bay trial ends

The Redlands Coast Smart Mobility Trial was a joint initiative between Redland City Council and RACQ.

Following a successful trial of the RACQ Smart Shuttle on Karragarra Island from November 2019 to May 2020, the following phase trialled the use of the driverless technology in Raby Bay, Cleveland.

From 26 November 2020 until 26 June 2021, the autonomous vehicle connected the popular destinations of Raby Bay Harbour with Raby Bay Foreshore Park, providing a free public passenger service along Masthead Drive.

The trial aimed to:

  • Test the driverless technology in a more complex live-traffic environment.
  • Capture feedback from those travelling on the autonomous vehicle as passengers as well as those sharing the road with it.
  • Help transport planners understand the physical and digital infrastructure required to enable and support the ongoing operation of autonomous shuttles.
  • Help transport planners understand the role that autonomous vehicle technology might play in meeting future transport needs.

The Raby Bay trial was the second phase of the first ever deployment of a long-term on-road autonomous vehicle trial in Queensland.

Raby Bay trial ends

The Redlands Coast Smart Mobility Trial was a joint initiative between Redland City Council and RACQ.

Following a successful trial of the RACQ Smart Shuttle on Karragarra Island from November 2019 to May 2020, the following phase trialled the use of the driverless technology in Raby Bay, Cleveland.

From 26 November 2020 until 26 June 2021, the autonomous vehicle connected the popular destinations of Raby Bay Harbour with Raby Bay Foreshore Park, providing a free public passenger service along Masthead Drive.

The trial aimed to:

  • Test the driverless technology in a more complex live-traffic environment.
  • Capture feedback from those travelling on the autonomous vehicle as passengers as well as those sharing the road with it.
  • Help transport planners understand the physical and digital infrastructure required to enable and support the ongoing operation of autonomous shuttles.
  • Help transport planners understand the role that autonomous vehicle technology might play in meeting future transport needs.

The Raby Bay trial was the second phase of the first ever deployment of a long-term on-road autonomous vehicle trial in Queensland.

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We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on the use of new technology like the RACQ Smart Shuttle as a transport option on Redlands Coast. 

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This is just a traffic jam & hazard. Totally unsuited in this area & on a 50km street.

Every time it causes a back up & frustration to drivers who overtake it causing more hazards.

Stop this bus before a serious a accident happens.

Bob Roberts 10 months ago

I am concerned about the safety and traffic hazard this driverless bus is causing on Masthead Drive. The speed of the bus creates terrible traffic issues and provides a hazard with drivers wanting to overtake the vehicle. Also, unhappy with the lack of community consultation before the trial went ahead. I don't recall a time where the trial was made available to public scrutiny before the trial commenced.

Nat 10 months ago

Hi, I am all for this trial and I truly hope this is a success. So please take this feedback with the positivity intended of it.
I was travelling behind the bus as 20kph. I saw a safe opportunity to overtake and did so. Looking in my rearview mirror I noticed the bus flash its headlights at me. I am unsure if this is automated or if someone triggered this. Either way, I presume the flashing of the headlights was intended to convey to me that I should not have overtaken. There were no cars about at all and I did not need to exceed 40kph in order to pass. So, I'm not sure of why it, or they, was concerned about my action. This leaves me unsure of whether there is some additional traffic rules relating to the bus. I.e. Maybe I'm not allowed to overtake an autonomous bus, even if it is safe to do so. It would be useful for the community to know if there are any additional rules...or if there isn't, it would be good to know this also.

Barry 11 months ago

It is not suited for Mast Head Drive as the main access road to Raby Bay West where over +200 homes require 24/365 access.

The speed limit is 50 km on Mast Head Drive. Bus speed is 20 km resulting in excessive traffic build up & delays.

Traffic build up & speed results in overtaking situations.

Weekend use of park makes it worse & frustrating traffic conditions.

Bus can not park at bus stop when cars are parked very close to stop. Bus blocks raod & takes excessive time to park resulting in more traffic & delays.

Since trial I have been delayed by bus up to 12 cars behind it doing 20 km per hour. I have to overtake it when safe to do so. Also local Police overtake it when safe.

It is not suited for this main through fair.

Matthew Robinson 11 months ago
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