First Australian trial of Vehicle-to-Pedestrian technology takes place in Adelaide

A trial in Adelaide has seen vehicles interacting directly with the mobile phones of nearby pedestrians and cyclists, as part of a test of Vehicle-to-Pedestrian technology aimed at improving road safety.

The test was conducted over a mobile network in the city by communications company Telstra and South Australian firm Cohda Wireless.

The Vehicle-to-Pedestrian technology is designed to provide early-warning collision detection to the driver and alert the pedestrian or cyclist via their mobile phone in a range of common scenarios, such as a car and cyclist approaching a blind corner, or a car approaching a pedestrian crossing.

“Telstra’s Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) project, which includes Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) in addition to Vehicle-to-Pedestrian V2P, seeks to make Australian roads safer, more efficient, and better-prepared for the future of autonomous vehicles,” said Telstra Chief Technology Officer Håkan Eriksson.

South Australia Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said: “With the driverless car industry expected to be worth $90 billion worldwide by 2030, it’s vital that we encourage and support businesses locally to get involved on the ground floor.”

The trial was partly funded by the state’s Future Mobility Lab Fund, which seeks to boost the local testing, research and development of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

The South Australia Government, Telstra and Cohda Wireless are all partners of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative – a collaboration of government, industry and academic partners working together to bring driverless vehicles to Australian roads.