Help shape the future of motoring in Qld: RACQ

RACQ has encouraged South East Queensland motorists to take part in Australia’s largest trial of Connected Vehicle Technology (CVT), to help shape future mobility in Queensland.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club strongly supported the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot.

“This technology will evolve the way vehicles and our roads interact and has the potential to save lives and reduce congestion, emissions and travel times,” Dr Michael said.

“It allows your car to ‘talk’ with roadside infrastructure, like traffic lights and signage, by securely sending and receiving safety alerts or useful information for the driver.

“The information could relate to conditions ahead such as roadworks, upcoming traffic queues, hazards or collisions.”

Dr Michael said the Department of Transport and Main Roads was looking for 500 motorists to experience the future of vehicle technology.

“During the trial, participants’ vehicles will be fitted with connected vehicle equipment, including a display screen, control box and external antenna,” she said.

“As the vehicles are driven around, the technology aims to alert the driver of various road conditions or safety hazards which they may not be able to see.

“Participants will use the technology for up to nine months and the findings will help inform future research projects and policy about the use of CVT in Australia.

"If you live, work or travel through the Ipswich area regularly, visit here to be involved."

The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot is being delivered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and supported by QUT's Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Telstra, iMOVE Australia and Ipswich City Council.