Automated ZOE2 Drives Queensland into the Future
Australia’s most advanced automated vehicle pilot is launching in Bundaberg today, giving locals the opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience the cutting-edge technology first-hand.
The pilot forms part of a $3.4 million research program funded by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland University of Technology, and iMOVE which aims to prepare Queensland for the arrival of driverless vehicles.
To help understand the impacts of these vehicles on the roads, a prototype Level 4 vehicle, called the ZOE2, has been purpose-built to operate autonomously within a predefined geographical area.
Features include data recording mode, automated mode up to a speed of 50km/h, and a European complaint cooperative intelligent transport system that allows the vehicle to “speak” to compatible infrastructure.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey joined local member Tom Smith for the program’s official launch, where 150 people will have the opportunity to jump in the car and experience the ‘self-driving’ technology in action.
“What we are test driving here today is cutting-edge technology in the automated driving space, and where better to try it out than in regional Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.
“In an Australian first, the fully electric car can adapt its speed to a school zone, move through several intersections and summon a driver-less service on a public road.”
“What we’re doing here in Bundy has only been done a handful of times globally – putting this region on the map for new tech.”
Residents can register their interest for the ZOE2 demonstrations between June 6 and June 10 HERE.
The ZOE2 will make an appearance at the Motor Trades Association of Queensland’s Carmageddon event on Thursday, 28 July 2022, alongside an impressive exhibition of the latest electric cars, retro conversions, vans, bikes, and trucks. Find out more HERE!
Source: Minister for Transport and Main Roads | Australia’s most advanced automated vehicle pilot launches in Bundaberg
2 June 2022