Connected vehicles go on-road in new test

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

Connected vehicles go on-road in new test

On-road connected and automated vehicle technology trials will soon begin in Victoria as part of the government’s plan to improve road safety.

The cars will hit metropolitan and regional roads, following tests completed on controlled tracks in late 2018.

Test vehicles will be connected to each other and traffic management centres via a dedicated, customised version of 4G, known as Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology.

The cars will be tested under controlled conditions, with researchers looking at the performance of road safety features such as red-light violator warnings and pedestrian alert right-turn assist.

“Connected and automated vehicles will play a huge part in reducing lives lost and serious injuries on our roads — that’s why we’re getting ready to implement this technology to start making a big impact on our roads,” said VicRoads Chief Executive Robyn Seymour.

The project is a partnership led by Telstra and Lexus Australia and is funded by a $3.5 million grant from the Labor government’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program.

The grant program is managed by VicRoads and funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) through the Towards Zero Action Plan, which supports a range of initiatives to improve road safety in Victoria.

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