Vehicle-to-vehicle communication trials set to get underway in Ipswich

Australia’s largest on-road connected vehicle project is looking for participants to test connected systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other, in order to better understand the potential safety benefits of such technology on Australian roads.

The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot will use 500 drivers to test the safety benefits of fitting cars with a system that allows them to talk to one another and receive real-time information on road conditions.

Sensors will also be installed at intersections and along high-traffic roads to communicate with approaching vehicles to inform them of upcoming road conditions such as a red-light, change to the speed limit or road hazards.

With similar technology currently being used on roads in parts of Europe, Dr Miranda Blogg, Director of the Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative at the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads said the system had the potential to greatly reduce the number of serious road incidents that happen on Queensland roads.

“Connected vehicles can assess the information they get from other connected vehicles and the cloud to decide whether the information is relevant to the driver’s location and driving behaviour,” said Bloggs.

“From that system, it could generate a warning to a driver. For example, you may be approaching a red light quickly and the system has received information from the signal system that the light is red, and you need to slow down quickly.”

Partnering with the Queensland Government for the pilot program is the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), who are hoping the technology will lead to a noticeable reduction in road trauma levels.

“Our team has conducted many tests of this new technology to ensure it will not distract drivers, but through advance warning, it will assist them in adopting safer behaviour when driving,” said CARRS-Q Director Professor Andry Rakotonirainy.

The trial will be conducted over a period of nine months, with all participants eligible for a $500 reward.

Participation in the project is open to any driver who frequently travels in and around Ipswich and drives at least three hours per week. Drivers must also have comprehensive insurance on their nominated vehicle.

If you meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in participating in the trial, click here for more information on signing-up.

Source: Brisbane Times | Cars that talk to one another about to hit the road, now they need drivers

16 September 2020

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