Lexus chooses Queensland for connected vehicle testing

In an Australian first, vehicle manufacturer Lexus Australia has chosen Queensland as their preferred testing site for cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) technology.

As part of their agreement with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Lexus Australia will provide two specially-equipped vehicles capable of communicating with each other and with infrastructure to test the new technology.

These vehicles will provide audio-visual warnings and information to drivers via an in-vehicle screen and speakers, and record data for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of the trial, understanding how users interact with, and understand the technology, and identifying issues.

Dennis Walsh, General Manager (Land Transport Safety) said working with Lexus Australia would provide an opportunity to demonstrate the safety-related features of cooperative, or connected, vehicle technologies to Queensland road users.

“By choosing Queensland as the location for this connected vehicle testing, Lexus Australia is sending a strong message to the vehicle industry that Queensland values the potential safety benefits of these technologies, and is ready for their introduction,” Dennis said.

“Lexus will use the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot test bed and the Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre for the testing, which will occur over 2019 and 2020.”

The vehicles are expected to arrive in Queensland in early 2019.