Drivers needed for study on road safety technology

Connected vehicle research aims to make our roads safer.

South-east Queensland residents are invited to help shape how future transport technologies are used on the state’s roads by taking part in the Ipswich connected vehicle pilot.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is looking for 500 Ipswich motorists to experience the future of vehicle technology in Australia’s largest trial of connected vehicle technology.

Participants’ vehicles will be fitted with connected vehicle equipment,  including a small display screen, control box and external antenna, for about nine months.

The technology will enable their vehicle to temporarily “talk” to roadside infrastructure and road operations systems.

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. 

For completing the full pilot, participants will receive periodic gift vouchers totalling $500 for their cooperation and completing a small number of interviews and surveys.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Dr Rebecca Michael said the Club strongly supported the project.

She said in the long term the technology had potential to save lives and reduce congestion, emissions and travel times.

“It allows your car to communicate with similar devices securely and send or receive safety alerts or useful information for the driver – such as roadworks, upcoming traffic queues, hazards, or collisions ahead,” she said.

Click here register your interest to be involved or learn more about the pilot and technology.

How it works

An example of the technology in action:

When driving, we are sometimes required to brake suddenly due to a hazard on the road ahead, or a traffic queue may be forming beyond our line of sight. In these cases, the connected technology can send an advanced warning of the hazard or congestion to the driver of the vehicle, so they can slow down safely.

The following videos demonstrate how each of the safety alerts operate and what the driver will see from inside the vehicle:

In-vehicle speed (IVS)

This warning provides drivers with information about the current speed limit.

Red light warning (ARLW)

This warning alerts drivers there is a risk of driving through a red light ahead.

Road hazard warning (RHW)

This warning alerts drivers that there is a risk they are travelling at an unsafe speed for a hazard up ahead, such as water on the road, road closures or a crash.

Back-of-queue (BoQ)

This warning alerts drivers there is a risk they are travelling at an unsafe speed for upcoming traffic queue.

Turning warning for bicycle riders and pedestrians (TWVR)

This warning alerts drivers to pedestrians or bicycles crossing at an upcoming intersection.

Road works warning (RWW)

This warning alerts drivers there is a risk they are travelling at an unsafe speed for upcoming road works, giving them time to slow down or change lanes. It also alerts drivers if they exceed the speed limit within the road works.

 

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.