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 will enable a comprehensive safety study to inform government policy and direction.

This iMOVE project is part of the Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland CHAD Pilot, which will help 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. A safety study exploring a range of CAV impacts and benefits will be delivered using a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Level 4 Electric CAV prototype research platform (ZOE2). Five Work Packages (WP) will lay 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 will develop recommendations regarding how to make CAVs and associated infrastructure more resilient to road safety risks, as well as to increase 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



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Funding / Grants

  • iMOVE CRC, Queensland Government (2018 - 2023)