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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. The South Australian Government is providing $10 million over the next three years 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.

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.


First projects announced to drive autonomous and connect vehicle technology.

The Future Mobility Lab Fund received a very strong response with 42 applications worth more than $26 million were received for the opening round (closed 16 December, 2016). 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.

All applications have been assessed with the first seven successful projects sharing in $5.6 million from the first round of funding from the Future Mobility Lab Fund. Further projects will be announced shortly.

Among the projects to receive funding are:

Adelaide Airport will receive $1 million from the fund to trial three electric driverless shuttles operating between the long-term carpark and the terminal; a $2.8 million project.

Leading international driverless car supplier RDM Group will also receive $1 million towards a $1.8m driverless cargo pod trial, transporting goods at the Tonsley precinct, with the aim of developing a market-ready autonomous delivery pod within a year.

Another $1 million will go to Flinders University, which will collaborate with the RAA on a three-year $4 million driverless shuttle project.

South Australia’s global leader in autonomous technology, Cohda Wireless, will receive $2 million from the Government’s Future Mobility Lab Fund toward two significant research and on-road trial projects on the streets of Adelaide. This will test how vehicles communicate to one another and roadside infrastructure using the company’s state-of-the-art systems, as well as expanding the company’s work in ‘Vehicle to Everything’ communications (V2X). Together the projects are valued at $5.3m.

News Release - 24 March 2017
News Release - 21 March 2017

Contact: DPTI.Innovation@sa.gov.au


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