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TMR gets keys to test the future…of vehicle technology

The arrival of Queensland’s first automated vehicle is one step closer after the department recently received the keys to a purpose built Cooperative and Highly Automated Vehicle (CAV).

To be used as part of the TMR’s Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving Pilot, the vehicle is a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Level Four automated vehicle, capable of self-driving while allowing a human driver to take back control if needed. It can also connect with other vehicles, infrastructure and road operations systems to share safety-related messages and warnings.

Built by French research consortium VEDECOM, using a standard Renault ZOE electric vehicle, this vehicle, known as ZOE2, will be used by the department to explore the safety impacts of automated vehicles on Queensland roads, and to allow road users to see and experience them.

Supported by the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre (iMOVE CRC) and the Queensland University of Technology, this work will commence from late 2019, with the first public demonstration expected in the first half of 2020.