Lexus Joins Ipswich Connected Vehicle Safety Project

Lexus Australia is participating in Australia’s largest on-road connected-vehicle project aimed at eliminating crashes or mitigating their effects with the company joining the Queensland Government’s Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot program.

The program enables sensors installed at 29 intersections to ‘talk’ to vehicles equipped with Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology.

Using radio waves, the technology is designed to provide drivers with advance information of road conditions including changes to speed limits, hazards on the road ahead and even that a pedestrian will be crossing a nearby intersection.

Two Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUVs have been fitted with DSRC equipment that enables them to communicate with each other and with roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights.

The Ipswich pilot also involves fitting DSRC technology to 500 cars owned by the public, enabling their vehicles to communicate with the infrastructure.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey welcomed Lexus Australia’s involvement in the pilot.

“It’s great to see major car manufacturers get involved in the testing of connected vehicle technology in Australia, especially in the Ipswich pilot as the preferred testing site,” said Mr Bailey.

“The support of manufacturers like Lexus will enable experts to gather data on additional safety scenarios involving vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity, such as emergency electronic braking warnings and slow, or stopped vehicle warnings.”

Specialised vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies added to the two Lexus vehicles include an advanced red-light warning, a road hazard warning, in-vehicle speed warning, and road works warning while specialised vehicle-to-vehicle technology includes slow/stopped vehicle warning, and emergency electronic brake light which alerts drivers to a cooperative vehicle that is braking hard some distance ahead.

Source: Motor Trader E-magazine (September 2020)

16 September 2020

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