The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is conducting a Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) pilot to test how new vehicle technology might make our roads safer.
C-ITS vehicle and roadside devices allow vehicles to share data, including speed and position, and receive road and traffic information from cloud-based sharing systems. The devices can provide safety warnings about a range of conditions. For example, a pedestrian crossing a signalised intersection, a hazard on the road, or a queue ahead.
The C-ITS pilot will test the effectiveness of C-ITS technology in a real environment. It will analyse driver behaviour and acceptance of, and willingness to use, the technology.
The pilot will start with a design and equipment-testing phase and run for 3.5 years. This includes a 9-month on-road trial in Ipswich, Queensland in late 2019.
The team will retrofit approximately 500 private and fleet vehicles with wireless and sensor technology, and install roadside C-ITS devices on arterials and motorways around the city.
It will be the largest on-road testing trial of cooperative vehicles and infrastructure of its kind in Australia.
'We’re testing these vehicles to help understand the implications for our infrastructure and drivers, and the improvements to automated vehicle performance when they can talk to other vehicles, infrastructure and our cloud-based data sharing systems.' says Dr Miranda Blogg, Director, Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative.
'By utilising real-life traffic situations, including roadworks zones, arterial roads and motorways, we have an opportunity to consider if the system operates in the way it is intended, and whether it results in the desired behaviour responses for all drivers .'
The Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative project
The C-ITS pilot is part of TMR's Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) project. The CAVI project is looking at the impacts and benefits new vehicle technology will have on our state’s roads and how we need to prepare.
As well as testing C-ITS devices, CAVI will test cooperative and automated vehicles, and new technology that can improve the safety of vulnerable road users such as bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
The project supports TMR's adoption of the Safe System approach in encouraging safer road users and the development of safer vehicles. The project aims to find ways new vehicle technology can help the Queensland Government achieve its zero road deaths and serious injuries vision.
Visit the CAVI project page for more about the CAVI project and its various pilots, including the C-ITS pilot.