Jaala Pulford, Victorian Minister for Roads, has announced that on-road testing will get underway in an Australian-first trial of connected vehicle technology.
The trial is said to use 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 V2X technology.
According to Transport and Logistics News the project is researching cars fitted with V2X technology under controlled conditions and is testing several road safety features. The features include Red-light Violator Warnings and Pedestrian Alert-Turn Assist.
The trials started in late 2018 to test concept technology under controlled conditions.
Transport and Logistics News reports that the project will also begin on-road testing on metropolitan and regional roads to help shape how the technology could be fitted to vehicles in the future.
The project is a partnership led by Telstra and Lexus Australia and is funded by a $3.5 million grant from the government’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Programme.
VicRoads chief executive Robyn Seymour said, ‘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.’