The Queensland Labor government has unveiled a $1.5 million, custom-designed, autonomous and electric Renault Zoe2, which it intends to use to learn more about how self-driving cars (or autonomous vehicles) will behave in an urban environment, and what is needed to make Queensland roads AV-ready.
The car will be fitted with numerous sensors and connective technology designed to turn the all-electric Renault Zoe2 hatchback into a connected and “cooperative” autonomous vehicle (CAV).
It is the second vehicle in Queensland’s Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) trials which began with a non-autonomous but sensor-laden Zoe1 in February.
Traversing 6km of roads of south Brisbane’s Shailer Park, the Renault Zoe2 (which has a 41kWh battery, 80kW motor and can drive up to 300km on a single charge) showcased the use of the technology in a typical suburb, including roundabouts, intersections and driveways.
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