On-road connected vehicle trial announced in Australia

The Victorian Government has announced that the state will soon begin on-road connected and automated vehicle technology trials.

The trial, announced by Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford, uses advanced technology to connect vehicles directly, as well as optimised 4G mobile networks to connect vehicles to one another and to traffic management centres with cloud servers using cellular vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology.

“Technology already plays a pivotal role in road safety and that is only going to increase over time – that’s why it is important we continue exploring the lifesaving potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies,” said Transport Accident Commission Director Road Safety Samantha Cockfield.

The project will research cars fitted with cellular V2X technology under controlled conditions and test several road safety features, including 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.

Pulford added that connected and automated vehicle technology would be “critical” in making roads safer across Australia.

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

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