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TMR announced as first project in new national cooperative research centre

TMR’s Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) is leading the way, featuring as the first research project of the new iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

Validating the effectiveness of emerging vehicle technologies is the primary goal of a new research project announced by Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), the intelligent transport systems cooperative research centre iMOVE CRC and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

This research will be conducted as part of the Queensland Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) Pilot Project which is currently Australia’s largest on-road testing trial of cooperative vehicles and infrastructure.

The large-scale, 3.5 year project will commence with the design and equipment-testing phase, with the 9-month on-road trial to be staged in Ipswich, Queensland in 2019.

The pilot will involve around 500 private and fleet vehicles retrofitted with C-ITS devices that enable vehicles to ‘talk’ to vehicles, infrastructure, road operations systems and cloud-based data sharing systems. The C-ITS devices provided safety warnings about a range of conditions – for example, a pedestrian crossing at a signalised intersection, a hazard on the road or a queue ahead.

TMR are testing these vehicles to help understand the implications for both 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.

These rapidly developing technologies have the potential to significantly reduce crashes and associated gridlock, vehicle emissions and fuel use.

Vehicles participating in the pilot will be fitted with a range of wireless and sensor technologies designed to share the vehicle’s position, speed and other data, as well as receive road and traffic data from cloud-based sharing systems.

Validating the effectiveness of C-ITS for safer, and more efficient, transport in a real environment will be examined as part of this project, as well as analysing driver behaviour, acceptance of, and willingness to use, the technology.

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 if it results in the desired behaviour responses for all drivers.

The C-ITS Pilot project is part of the larger Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) being delivered by TMR to help prepare for the arrival of new vehicle technologies with safety, mobility and environmental benefits on Queensland roads.

The CAVI project will also include the testing of a small number of cooperative and highly automated vehicles on South East Queensland roads, as well as investigate options for utilising these emerging technologies to benefit pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders.

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Last updated
23 February 2018
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