Aurrigo : ‘Elliot’ trial

Project overview

To investigate the market viability of autonomous vehicles in the retirement village context, Aurrigo, in collaboration with Regional Development Australia, launched a trial at the Lendlease owned Elliot Gardens retirement village at Port Elliot (South Australia).

The trial was supported by the Government of South Australia Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI), and the Alexandrina Council, as part of the South Australian Government’s Future Mobility Lab Fund, which aims to encourage and stimulate developments in connected and autonomous vehicles and position South Australia at the forefront of these emerging technologies.

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


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 was assigned to the trial.

The battery powered podzero, Elliot, operated autonomously through multiple sensor technologies with speeds of up to 10 km/h through the village and had capacity for four passengers.  Elliot was available on various routes Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm (excluding public holidays) throughout the village to make accessing the pod easier for residents. 

To take a ride, residents could hail Elliot at the community centre or when it was passing, by SMS or phone. 


The TriaL

The Global Centre for Modern Ageing (GCMA) conducted independent research on the resident mobility behaviour information and user feedback of the autonomous mobility service and the usage of the pod, which it is hoped will contribute to Aurrigo’s future service and technical developments. 

The aim of the research was to assist Aurrigo to develop a service which enhances mobility and social interaction in every community where they operate.

“This trial provided us with valuable user feedback on the real-life experience of an autonomous mobility service and the performance of the pod, which will contribute to future service and technical developments.”
— Roger van der Lee, Director Autonomous Programs APAC, Aurrigo Pty Ltd


The research project provided evidence that there is considerable scope to increase the participant uptake of an autonomous vehicle trial.

Based on the findings presented in the full report, we provided recommendations for Aurrigo to consider for future trials.

media REleases and photos

  • View the pictures from our Aurrigo end of trial celebration and co-design workshop with residents

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