Risks & benefits

Benefits of participation

  • Be one of the first people in Australia to experience innovative connected vehicle technology before it’s widely available!
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of new road technologies to help make Australian roads safer.

Incentives for participation

  • A series of incentive payments commensurable to the time required to participate in the pilot will be offered to participants. If you complete all of the required tasks in the pilot, you will receive GiftPay (or equivalent) gift vouchers to the combined value of $500.

Potential risks or concerns

Damage to vehicle

Only qualified and trained technicians will be responsible for installing and removing the equipment. They will use a standard, well-tested procedure to ensure your vehicle is returned in an equivalent condition at the end of the trial. If any damage has been sustained during the equipment installation, maintenance and removal please contact the QUT research team on 1800 512 352, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads will cover reasonable pre-approved costs for your vehicle to be repaired.

Exposure of illegal driving activities

Some of the data that we collect during the ICVP may indicate a participant has been involved in an illegal activity, such as speeding. For example, we will collect your vehicle’s speed and GPS location. The ICVP does not aim to investigate illegal driving activity, and the QUT research team is not under any obligation to report illegal behaviour that we identify during our data analysis. However, we may be required to disclose your information as required by law, for example to police or insurers to use as evidence in court if you are involved in a crash. Please remember you are responsible for your own driving behaviour throughout your participation in the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot.

Incident whilst driving

The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot (ICVP) equipment may not always warn you of a hazard or potential collision whilst driving. Similar to other existing driver information systems, and even more so as this is an emerging technology, it may sometimes fail to provide correct information or may provide incorrect information. You will receive comprehensive training prior to it being installed in your vehicle. However, it is your responsibility to drive safely and responsibly in accordance with applicable laws during your participation in the ICVP. You should not rely on any information or warnings from the equipment or interact with the display whilst driving.

Discomfort due to disclosure of sensitive or personal information

In undertaking surveys, interviews and focus groups you may be asked some questions relating to sensitive topics that may cause discomfort, for example if you or someone you know has been involved in a crash. You are not obligated to answer any questions, and if your participation in the ICVP raises any issues, you can access help as follows:

  • The QUT Psychology and Counselling clinic offers limited free services – call 07 3138 0999 (Monday–Friday only 9am–5pm) or visit in person at 44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, and indicate that you are a research participant.
  • Call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or if you are under 25 call Kids Lifeline on 1800 551 800, for free 24 hour telephone crisis support.

For further information:
If you would like more information about the risk and benefits of participating in the pilot, please refer to the Participant Information Form or contact us with any questions.