MTA Queensland participates in Australia’s largest connected vehicle trial

The Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI), delivered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, seeks to support and accelerate the emergence of advanced vehicle technologies that hold safety, mobility, and environmental benefits. It is comprised of three pilot projects – the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems pilot, the Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving pilot, and the Vulnerable Road User pilot.

The first pilot project is currently being trialled throughout Ipswich and is the largest on-road test of connected vehicles and infrastructure to be undertaken on Australia’s public roads.

The trial will see 500 participant’s vehicles fitted with Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems that enable the vehicles to communicate with other vehicles, infrastructure, road operations systems and cloud-based data sharing systems.

Through this communication, the devices can provide safety warnings to the occupants including pedestrian crossings, road hazards, dangerous conditions, or a queue of vehicles ahead. The project hopes to make Australia’s roads safer by reducing collisions.

As part of the project, MTA Queensland was asked to assist with the installation of the monitoring sensors in the vehicles. Five cars were supplied as test vehicles for installations, in which MTA Queensland technicians tested different ways to wire, fit and mount the units.

Each vehicle is equipped with an antenna mounted on a roof-rack, an in-vehicle communications box placed under the driver’s seat, and a display screen on the dashboard which provides safety warnings to the occupants.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads then utilised their internal technicians to fit the 500 vehicles that would go on to be used in the project.

MTA Queensland still has two vehicles equipped with the sensors, aiming to collect feedback on the project from a consumer’s perspective. Two MTA Queensland trainers, Ivan Aird and Russel Sticklen, will be driving the pilot vehicles.

Through this continued involvement in the project, MTA Queensland hopes to gain further insight into the future of connected vehicles, as well as developing the tools for participation within a training forum.


Department of Transport and Main Roads | Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative CAVI 

Ipswich First | Ipswich hosts Australia’s largest intelligence vehicle trial 

2 December 2020

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