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    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Australia’s largest intelligent vehicle trial to be held in Qld

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Australia’s largest intelligent vehicle trial to be held in Qld

    Queensland is preparing for driverless and connected vehicles with ambitious plans underway for the largest on-road testing trial in Australia to ensure the State is ready for the future.

    Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey today announced Ipswich had been chosen as the site of the large-scale test-bed to trial vehicles and infrastructure that can talk to one another as well as to test cooperative and highly-automated vehicles on South East Queensland roads.

    “To realise the potential benefits of these emerging technologies, we will undertake a trial over the next four years as part of the Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI),” Mr Bailey said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government will recruit around 500 Ipswich motorists to take part who will have their vehicles retrofitted with cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) technology.

    “These C-ITS devices work by providing safety warnings to the driver about a range of conditions – for example, a pedestrian crossing at a signalised intersection, a red light runner or a queue ahead that isn’t visible to a driver.”

    Minister Bailey said TMR would be working with Bosch to secure some cooperative and highly-automated vehicles for testing like their first self-driving car developed in Australia which was on display at Willowbank today.

    “Our interest in testing these vehicles is to help understand the implications for our infrastructure and drivers, and the improvements to automated vehicle performance when the vehicle can talk to other vehicles and infrastructure,” Mr Bailey said.

    “These rapidly developing technologies have the potential to significantly reduce crashes and crash-related gridlock, as well as reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use over coming decades.

    “While industry is leading the development of advanced vehicle technologies, the success of these will rely upon connecting to our existing traffic systems.

    “Today’s announcement highlights the Government’s continued work to focus on the need for safety and care on our roads.”

    Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said Ipswich was chosen for the pilot due to its support for technology and digital innovation as well as several desirable features.

    “These features include the presence of major employers, an active CBD and location close to an existing managed motorway,” Ms Howard said.

    “Beyond the project, the test-bed will be available for use by industry, academics, and government, to continue to test new technologies that improve the Queensland Government’s offerings to customers.”

    Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said it was important to assess any risks associated with these new technologies and evaluate the potential impacts and benefits in advance of wide-scale deployment.

    “TMR is now moving into the planning phase of the C-ITS pilot, which will have a strong focus on safety and about 500 public and fleet vehicles will interact within the test-bed as a part of the four-year initiative,” Mr Madden said.

    Bosch Australia’s Mark Jackman said the future of mobility will be connected, electrified and automated.

    “The Queensland Government’s CAVI project is another example where industry and government will work together to trial and validate the benefits these new technologies will bring to the market,” Mr Jackman said.

    “The Bosch highly automated driving vehicle* will be used in trials and demonstrations across Australia to assist government and its agencies to prepare for when these cars become commercially available.

    “Project’s such as these are not just vital for the advancement of road safety and public awareness but also for the further development of technical expertise and capability of Bosch Australia engineers.”

    Minister Bailey said the C-ITS pilot, the largest of its type in Australia, would see the Palaszczuk Government working with a wide range of industry sectors to adapt existing systems, infrastructure and data.

    “It will also build public support and awareness, and develop new industry partnerships,” he said.

    The CAVI project is co-funded by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission. It will be delivered with the support of a number of organisations including Ipswich City Council, Bosch Australia and QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q). 

    Additional industry partners will be announced as the project moves through a market engagement process.

    On road testing is expected to occur in the year 2019.

    *The Victorian Government is the major funding sponsor of the Bosch vehicle.

    ENDS

    Media contact:

    Minister Bailey’s office – 0428 079 640