Australia is a world leader in ITS. It was the first Southern Hemisphere nation to trial on-road autonomous vehicles and Australia’s most highly automated vehicle was an ITS World Congress demonstration. A number of trials and pilot projects continue to test the nation’s ITS capability. Below is a state by state list of active ITS trials.
Australian Capital Territory
- Autonomous vehicle trial a two-year trial testing driver monitoring systems and driver behaviour.
New South Wales
- Trialing CAVs on Transurban Roads The program is run in partnership by Transurban, Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services, and is the state’s most comprehensive CAV trial to date.
- Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative (CITI) trial of heavy vehicle safety applications using Cooperative ITS.
- Heavy Vehicle Priority Project trial of applications to provide heavy vehicle priority at signalised intersections.
- Smart Innovation Centre announced in 2016, planned to be an R&D hub for emerging transport technologies, including CAVs.
- AV Trial with Transport for NSW announced Through the Smart Innovation Centre, the NSW Government is working with industry and research partners to trial a highly automated passenger shuttle at Sydney Olympic Park.
- Autonomous Passenger Vehicle trial commenced in 2016, transporting people at Darwin Waterfront, Australia’s first fully operational autonomous vehicle transport trial.
- Queensland Electric Super Highway in collaboration with local councils and other partners is rolling out the Queensland Electric Super Highway to encourage, support and accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in Queensland.
- Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) incorporates two main projects – a large scale pilot of Cooperative ITS in Ipswich, and a smaller pilot of cooperative and highly automated vehicles driven on selected roads.
- Rural Intersection Active Warning System an Australian-first safety measure to reduce the speed limit at four rural locations.
- Future Mobility Lab Fund a $10M program over three years for development, testing and demonstrations of CAV technology, connected V2V and V2I pilots and demonstrations, and research and development.
- Future Lab – Airport RDM Flinders announcement by the SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
- Telstra and Cohda Wireless conduct Australian-first V2P technology trial
- Victorian CAV Trials The Victorian trial program is in three phases and investigates how connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) interact with motorway infrastructure.
- ITS Grants Program includes project trialing CAVs in highway scenarios, C-ITS to support tram priority, and in-vehicle connected vehicle services using cellular communications.
- Road Safety Action Plan includes $10M action to trial connected and automated vehicle technologies.
- Bosch Highly Automated Driving Vehicle partnership with Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads.
- Eastlink Driver Assisted Technology – partnership with Victorian Government, Australian Road Research Board and La Trobe University to test network and driver assisted vehicles
- Victoria leading the way on Automated Vehicles – RACV, Transurban and VicRoads trial on Monash-CityLink-Tullamarine corridor
- The University of Melbourne AIMES – world first urban test bed for multimodal connected transport on a large scale in a complex urban environment
- RAC Intellibus with the support of the WA State Government, RAC is trialling a fully driverless, fully electric shuttle bus in South Perth.
- Autonomous Heavy Vehicle Platooning Trial Main Roads WA is partnering with industry to launch a trial of autonomous heavy vehicle platooning.
- Australasian satellite technology test-bed – New Zealand will join Australia in a world-leading satellite technology test-bed.
- AustRoads Connected and Automated Vehicle trials The next generation of motor vehicles are planned to include an increased level of wireless connectivity and automated driving capability.