Project snapshot



Project contact

Stephen Shotton
Project Manager

Alignment with RDA strategy

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Access

The trial will include an independent research program conducted by the Global Centre for Modern Ageing.

Member for Finniss David Basham MP officially launched the trial. 

Member for Finniss David Basham MP at the Autonomous Vehicle Launch in March 2019

Project Summary

One of Aurrigo’s three Adelaide based podzero vehicles which have been operating since late 2017 at the Tonsley Innovation District as part of the South Australian government’s Future Mobility Lab Fund program will be assigned to the trial. The battery powered podzero operates autonomously through multiple sensor technologies with speeds up to 24 kmph and has capacity for four passengers or small cargo transport.

Podzero vehicle at the Port Elliot launch

Aurrigo is a leading manufacturer of driverless vehicle technologies based in the UK with offices in the US, Canada and Australia.

The trial will showcase how autonomous technology can deliver improved mobility for the 330 residents living in 194 villa homes at the 27-hectare village.

In collaboration with Regional Development Australia, Aurrigo has launched an autonomous vehicle trial at the Lendlease owned Elliot Gardens retirement village at Port Elliot.

Regional Development Manager Stephen Shotton at the Autonomous Vehicle Launch

The Aurrigo pod, named ‘Elliot’ by popular vote of the residents, will commence operations on Thursday 28th of March following a launch event at Montpelier Terrace, Port Elliot. 

RDA manager Stephen Shotton, Member for Finniss David Basham MP and Elliot Gardens Village manager Vicki Neilson at the autonomous vehicle.

Project Report

Project Media Coverage

Today Tonight 8th April 2019

Government of South Australia Media Release

BQ Live – Coventry Autonomous Specialist Launches Australia’s First Retirement Village Driverless Mobility Service

Driverless car service launches at regional SA retirement village

Insider media – Coventry firm launches landmark project down under

The Victor Harbor Times Autonomous Vehicle Launch

Weekender Herald – Bringing Technology to the Region

The Journal on Active Aging – Special Technology Issue 2019

Industry Articles

Driverless Buses can help Public Transport Woes

Ranked: The Autonomous Vehicle Readiness of 20 Countries

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