Road infrastructure innovation

The future of transport is being tested in Ipswich.

The Queensland Government has set ambitious targets in its Road Safety Strategy (2015-21) to reduce fatalities to fewer than 200 and hospitalised casualties to fewer than 4669 by 2020.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said achieving these targets required innovative approaches, with the next breakthrough to be the ability for vehicles to wirelessly communicate with each other and infrastructure.

The Department of Main Roads will test connected vehicle technology and Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) through the Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI).

“In the past decade, industry has been working with governments across the globe on these new technologies, which we know as Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems,” Mr Bailey said.

“Australia’s largest vehicle and infrastructure trial of ‘talking vehicles’ will be held in Ipswich as part of the Queensland C-ITS Pilot Project, with industry engagement well advanced and

The pilot will involve 500 private and fleet vehicles, retrofitted with C-ITS devices enabling them to ‘talk’ to other vehicles, infrastructure and government’s central systems.

C-ITS devices work by providing safety warnings to the driver about a range of conditions – upcoming roadworks, a red light runner or a queue that may not visible to a driver.

“Our interest in testing these technologies is to understand the implications on our infrastructure and customers, and the improvements to automated vehicle performance when the vehicle can ‘talk’ to other vehicles and infrastructure,” Mr Bailey said.

The aim is to establish confidence with industry so that the deployment of this technology occurs as soon as possible.

Mr Bailey said Ipswich was chosen for the pilot due to its support for technology and digital innovation. On-road testing is expected to occur in the second half of 2019.

RACQ’s view

The connected vehicle and C-ITS project showcases an important new vehicle technology that, in the future, could make significant improvements to the safety and efficiency of Queensland’s road network. It’s exciting Ipswich has been chosen to test this cutting-edge technology – this project is putting the future of safer, smarter and connected vehicles into the hands of Queenslanders. Connected vehicles will be able to ‘talk’ to other connected cars, traffic lights and signs, and know if there’s congestion kilometres ahead. RACQ supports TMR in delivering this exciting project and helping to create a better transport future for Queensland.