Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Safety Study

The Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Safety Study has delivered a cooperative and (highly) automated vehicle (CAV) prototype research platform (known as ZOE2) and local expertise base. This has enabled a comprehensive safety study to inform government policy and direction.

This iMOVE project was part of the Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland CHAD Pilot, which has helped prepare for the arrival of CAVs with safety, mobility and environmental benefits on Australian roads.

Although CAVs offer potential to significantly reduce accidents caused by human error, they also introduce new safety challenges. This safety study explored a range of CAV impacts and benefits using a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Level 4 Electric CAV prototype research platform (ZOE2). Five Work Packages (WP) laid the technical and human factor foundations for safe introduction of CAVs to Australian roads – providing an evidence-base to support government policy and decision-making, and future CAV development by industry. The study developed recommendations regarding how to make CAVs and associated infrastructure more resilient to road safety risks, as well as increasing public awareness about CAV to encourage uptake and benefits realisation.



2020 ITS Australia National Award Finalist – Automated Vehicle Category
2019 ITS Australia National Award Winner – Automated Vehicle Category


Link to final reports: Safely deploying automated vehicles on Australian roads (


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Funding / Grants

  • iMOVE CRC, Queensland Government (2018 - 2023)