New connected vehicle technologies are enabling vehicles to communicate with each other and with the infrastructure around them in ways that have great potential to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads and highways. This technology may have mobility and environmental benefits too. The Department of Transport and Main Roads, iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre, and QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) have teamed up to test out this innovative technology on Queensland roads.
The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot (ICVP) will see connected vehicle technology installed in up to 500 public participants’ cars and light commercial vehicles. Connected vehicle technologies enable vehicles to ‘talk’ to other connected vehicles, roadside infrastructure and traffic management centre systems to share relevant safety-related messages for drivers. The driver is still in control of the vehicle, and there is no element of vehicle automation. Supportive infrastructure will enable these vehicles to share informative messages about traffic conditions, road works, unexpected traffic queues and more.
Connected vehicles have the potential to create a safer and more efficient driving future for everyone.
Your safety is our priority
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we recognise that how you drive now may not be the same as usual. We still welcome your participation in the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot and we encourage you to get in contact if you have any questions about our safety-first approach. As the largest on-road testing trial of connected vehicles and infrastructure to be undertaken on public roads in Australia, the results of this research will be relevant into the future well beyond the current crisis.
In line with current Government guidelines, we have implemented a series of additional measures to ensure the best possible protection for all involved in the study.
For more information, see the health and safety page.