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2nd International Driverless Vehicle Summit

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 to Friday, 17 November 2017 from 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia




3 World-First Announcements:

RAC WA and Navya will be trialling autonocab in Perth

RAC WA and Navya have joined forces to have trials of a autonocab in Perth, complementing the trials with Keolis Downer currently in the US and Europe.
Uniti Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturing

Dr Michael Molitor, Chairman of Uniti made the exciting announcement that its Uniti autonomous electric vehicle will be made in Adelaide. The Uniti vehicle launch will be in early 2018.

Local Motors to have autonomous shuttle, Olli, in Glenelg
Hugh Palmer announced Local Motors will have Ollie running at a seaside council in South Australia, the first deployment in Australia!

Opening Ceremony:

Peter Damen, Chief Operations Officer of the Australian Road Research Board and Chair of the Executive Steering Committee of ADVI opened the Summit on Thursday morning.

We were honoured to have Federal and State Government support for the driverless vehicle future with Hon Jay Weatherill MP, South Australian Premier, Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Hon Stephen Mullighan MP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure speaking over the 2 days.

State of the Nation

We thank our contributors to the State of the Nation session. It demonstrated the great depth of activity across Australia and we congratulate those leaders in the space.

  • Miranda Blogg - Queensland Department of Main Roads and Transport
  • Clare Gardiner-Barnes - Roads Australia
  • Rita Excell - Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative
  • Marcus Burke - National Transport Commission


Volvo, Aurrigo, BMW, EasyMile, Navya, and Tesla showcased driverless shuttles and autonomous car features. These demonstrations saw hundreds of delegates, school students and the public.

Having 3 shuttles together: Navya, EasyMile and Aurrigo demonstrating was a world first and to also have the current technology from Volvo, BMW and Tesla was a great attraction for the delegates and locals.




Truck Platooning Collaboration

We were please to have keynote speaker, Shad Laws from Peloton Technology present at the Summit and delegates heard about the collaboration with BP Castrol, Peloton, Telstra, Australian Road Research Board and ADVI bringing platooning to Australia.

Keynote Speakers


Huge thank you to our wonderful keynote speakers!

Experts in their fields, each spoke about the latest technology, research and innovations around the driverless vehicle space.

Anne Still, RAC WA
Michael Molitor, Uniti
Hugh Palmer, Local Motors
Shad Laws, Peloton Technology
Mark Chapman, Telstra Enterprise Global Products
Dr Richard Fairchild, RDM Group

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Panel Session: Technology and Transport: Improving accessibility for the disabled and the ageing

One of our special sessions at the Summit was a panel session on how driverless technology can improve the transportation needs for people with disabilities and the ageing.

Delegates heard about mobility solutions for the ageing and people with disabilities from a range of presenters.

David Millitz, CEO of Carers SA
Steve Harrison, Chief Advisor to the CEO, Adelaide City Council
Tim Harker, Registar of Motor vehicles, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Dale Giumelli, Self Advocate, Minda Inc.
David Pickett, Technical Certification and Engineering Manager, Volvo Australia
Grace Vassolo-Wakefield, Parent Advocate
Hugh Palmer, Vice President of Product Management, Local Motors
Roger Ingram, Executive General Manager, Linx Cargo Care Group

Special Session: Hypothetical Scenario

The hypothetical was the final Summit presentation involving a panel of the nation’s foremost experts on driverless vehicles that drew together much of the preceding presentations — transporting us to 2027 and examining the impact of driverless vehicles and how we got there.  


The panel deliberations were followed by a large Facebook following and discussed many questions including from delegates and from those on Facebook. Facebook Live allowed fantastic interactions with the experts and the public.


Networking Function:

Attendees at the Networking Function were entertained by the incredible Rachael Leahcar. Rachael was a contestant from the first season of the Voice Australia and was born and raised in Adelaide.

Media Around the Summit:

Adelaide Now
The Australian
Computer World
Behind the News Video Clip
Gold Coast Bulletin
Car Advice
IT Wire


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