Mandurah's Iren Magee tries out RAC Intellibus with charity

TECHNOLOGICAL AGE: Iren says the bus wasn't what she expected, and was surprised by how it knew when to stop. Photo: Supplied.
TECHNOLOGICAL AGE: Iren says the bus wasn't what she expected, and was surprised by how it knew when to stop. Photo: Supplied.

A group of 36 seniors from non-profit 'People Who Care', travelled to experience the RAC Intellibus' driverless technology.

80-year-old Mandurah resident Iren Magee was among the group, who had a tour of the South Perth Foreshore and the newly renovated Old Mill, which is one of Perth's oldest landmarks.

So far, the fully electric and driverless bus has driven more than 31,000km, and Ms Magee said she enjoyed the experience, and it was unlike anything she had imagined.

"It's a really good way of introducing people that would be sceptical about getting on a driverless bus," Ms Magee said.

"I found the driverless bus quite interesting - it's very quiet, the seating is close, it's only a small bus - but it's quite comfortable and it's the day and age we're in now - the technological age."

When asked if she would recommend a ride on the bus, Ms Magee said "most definitely".

"It's something we don't know about, and we found out today that it's not what we thought it would be. It was smooth, it would tell you if there was anyone in the way - and those are things that people wonder about."

PEOPLE WHO CARE: The group also enjoyed a tour of the Old Mill. Photo: Supplied.

PEOPLE WHO CARE: The group also enjoyed a tour of the Old Mill. Photo: Supplied.

RAC Communications Manager Rhys Heron said he enjoyed how many people from different walks of life had been able to enjoy the technology.

"We're excited to see such a diverse range of passengers experience driverless technology through the RAC Intellibus," Mr Heron said.

"We've now had more than 23,000 people take part in our metro and regional RAC Intellibus trials which shows the incredible amount of interest there is in exploring the possibilities of a driverless future."

To book a ride on the RAC Intellibus, visit rac.com.au/intellibus.