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Future Mobility Lab Fund

Adelaide is well on the way to becoming a Smart City and, with an enormous capacity for innovation, we are eager to embrace a better connected, more sustainable future.

We are on the cusp of a new era in automotive technology with enormous potential to save lives, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and transform mobility for people across Australia.

Our roads are already some of the safest in the world and increasing advanced driver assist, connected and autonomous technologies have the potential to help cut the number of accidents further.

In 2016, the South Australian Government established a $10 million Future Mobility Lab Fund over the next three years to provided funding to projects that demonstrate, develop, or contribute to the applied research of Future Mobility technologies that provide real benefits to our communities.

Building on the government’s introduction of legislation to allow on road trials of driverless cars, this investment aims to stimulate developments in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

The Future Mobility Lab Fund received a very strong response with 42 applications worth more than $26 million from the opening round. This shows the level of interest in this area and the potential it has to improve the way we move around our cities and build new industries.

We are eager to unlock and attract industry investment to South Australia and further promote our reputation as one of the most welcoming environments for testing connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

South Australia is establishing itself as a test bed for innovation in transport. This test bed environment provides a place to trial new technologies as well as an ideal location for deploying commercial opportunities on our roads.

For more information contact: DPTI.innovation@sa.gov.au


Future Mobility Lab Projects

Projects that have received funding will contribute to the states transport mobility ecosystem by providing valuable information and research on first and last mile transport and freight solutions, increase capability in identification and prediction of traffic and consumer patterns, build on connected autonomous vehicle positioning and sensor product expertise and increase innovation in vehicle safety testing and solutions for interaction with CAVs on our roads.

Future Mobility Lab projects are provided below or you can download the brochure here (PDF, 561 KB).

News Release - 26 July 2017
News Release - 24 March 2017
News Release - 21 March 2017

Contact: DPTI.Innovation@sa.gov.au


Projects & News

Flinders Autonomous Shuttle Trial

Flinders Autonomous Shuttle Trial

Flinders University will receive up to $1 million of Future Mobility Lab Funds for a five-year, three stage, $4 million driverless last mile shuttle project - for which Flinders University and the RAA have partnered with industry supporters Cohda Wireless, Renewal SA, SAGE Automation, SIEMENS, Telstra, UPG, ZENEnergy and public transport operator Keolis Downer.

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Cohda Connected Autonomous Vehicle Trials

Cohda Connected Autonomous Vehicle Trials

Cohda Wireless, a global leader in autonomous V2X technology, will receive two grants totalling up to $2 million from the Future Mobility Lab Fund to conduct on-road trial projects on the streets of Adelaide to test how vehicles communicate to one another and with roadside infrastructure, as well as expanding the Cohda’s work in ‘Vehicle to Everything’ communications (V2X).

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Aurrigo Driverless Cargo Pod Trial

Aurrigo Driverless Cargo Pod Trial

Aurrigo, the Australian subsidiary of UK driverless shuttle supplier RDM Group will receive up to $1 million from the Future Mobility Lab fund to trial a driverless cargo pod, transporting goods at the Tonsley precinct, with the aim of developing a market-ready autonomous delivery pod within a year.

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University of Adelaide – CASR – AV Safety Testing

University of Adelaide – CASR – AV Safety Testing

The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR), will receive up to $670,000 from the Future Mobility Lab Fund to build capabilities and a crash lab for testing of autonomous vehicle technologies for ANCAP and EuroNCAP safety protocols.

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Telstra Connected Transport Solutions – Connecting Vehicles to Everything

Telstra Connected Transport Solutions – Connecting Vehicles to Everything

Telstra and Cohda Wireless have successfully tested Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) technology over the 4G mobile network in Adelaide, showcasing an Australian-first by sending standardised intelligent transport systems messages over the 4G network to enable interaction of vehicles with smartphone-equipped bicycles and pedestrians.

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SAGE Automation

SAGE Automation

SAGE Automation will receive two grants to extend the capability of Addinsight, the traffic intelligence system developed by South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

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