The Government of the Australian state of Victoria has announced it is working with the Australian Road Research Board to test cars with driver-assistance technology Melbourne’s EastLink motorway.
The 18 month research project, which also involves La Trobe University and ConnectEast, assesses the use of semi-autonomous cars with safety features such as lane keep assist, auto braking and adaptive cruise control.
The testing will be conducted in traffic on EastLink to assess whether the latest technology is compatible with current infrastructure such as road signs and line markings.
The trial will test a wide range of cars fitted with semi-autonomous driver-assistance technology that require the driver’s hands on the wheel and are already being sold in Australia.
Following the research, ConnectEast will work with car manufacturers and state transport department VicRoads to ensure that vehicle technology and road infrastructure allows for the safe introduction of hands free driving.