Driverless car trial gets underway in Melbourne

A driverless car trial got underway on Melbourne’s Monash-CityLink-Tullamarine corridor this week, as part of the Victorian government’s work to prepare for the arrival of automated vehicles.

The trial, first announced in December, will see the government partnering with VicRoads, RACV and Transurban to test connected and automated vehicles from BMW, Mercedes, Tesla and Volvo.

During the trial, the government will look at how to prepare road infrastructure, regulations and road users for driverless vehicles to be integrated into the transport system.

“Victoria is at the forefront of automated vehicle technology – we’re investing in this trial to explore ways that this technology can be used to reduce crashes and keep people safe on our roads,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan.

The first phase of the trial, due to be completed later this year, will look at how advanced driver assistance systems such as lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition respond to the road environment.

“Automated vehicles will revolutionise how we move around our communities and deliver safer, smoother traffic flow,” said Transurban Group General Manager Strategy Wes Ballantine.