Canberra trial set to test drivers’ response to Autonomous Vehicles

Canberra-based Seeing Machines, a company which that builds computer vision technologies which enable machines to see, understand and assist people, has launched phase one of its automated vehicle trial, CAN Drive.

Supported by the ACT Government, which has committed $1.35m to the project, CAN Drive is the first automated vehicle trial in the world to focus on driver behaviour, using the Seeing Machines technology, and is getting underway at Canberra’s Sutton Driver Training Track, testing how quickly a driver can be ready to resume control of an automated vehicle.

The Seeing Machines software monitors the driver’s facial movements and expressions to determine whether they are paying sufficient attention, and sounds an alert if they need to look at the road and retain full control of the vehicle.

“The ACT Government is proud to have formed an industry partnership with local company Seeing Machines to conduct this trial,” said Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA (Australian Labor Party). “Seeing Machines is leading the world in decoding the interaction between people and machines, as increasingly-automated vehicles are developed.

“Canberra is a progressive and growing city that has earned the reputation as Australia’s testbed for innovative new technology and business models that can improve the lives of our citizens: we’ve supported Uber into our city, we’re hosting world-first drone delivery trials, and now we’re pioneering research to make automated vehicles safer.”

Seeing Machines is calling for Canberra drivers who are interested in taking part in the trial. Following this first phase at Sutton Driver Training Track, the trial is expected to move to Canberra’s roads to study driver behaviour in real world conditions.

“The data we collect in trials such as CAN Drive is critical to advancing safety of communities all around the world,” said Ken Kroeger, Seeing Machines Chairman. “Automated technologies are emerging across many transport sectors and it is Seeing Machines’ goal, through our driver monitoring platform, to help advance these developments with safety as the highest priority.

The continued support of the ACT Government helps Seeing Machines sustain its leadership position as we develop our core technology to meet the needs of our partners, customers
and stakeholders.”

4 May 2018