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EASTLINK TUNNELS CLOSED FOR FIRST DEMONSTRATION OF HANDS-FREE DRIVING THROUGH FREEWAY TUNNELS

When Melbourne’s EastLink tunnels were closed for scheduled maintenance overnight Saturday 18 November, EastLink conducted the first demonstration of hands-free driving through freeway tunnels, using the lane keep assist function of a Honda Civic VTi-LX.

The demonstration will be broadcast in a television news report by 7 News Melbourne at 6pm on Monday 4 December.

Hands-free driving is currently not allowed on Victorian roads. Motorists should always drive with at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times. The demonstration was able to include hands-free driving using lane keep assist as it was conducted through the EastLink tunnels when closed to traffic in preparation for scheduled tunnel maintenance activities, and under controlled conditions.

The demonstration was planned to help Victorian motorists gain a better understanding of lane keep assist and other driver assistance functions.

EastLink corporate affairs and marketing manager Doug Spencer-Roy explained, “The demonstration resulted from the Annual Victorian Self-Driving Vehicle Survey conducted recently by EastLink, in which more than half of the 15,000 respondents rated their awareness of self-driving cars as ‘very little’ or ‘none’.”

“EastLink wants to help motorists gain a better understanding of the latest driver assistance functions, and how they will evolve to make self-driving cars possible in the future.”

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Results of the Annual Victorian Self-Driving Vehicle Survey were published by EastLink on 9 October 2017 – click here for details.

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Solid leadership continues as Vice President is elected as President at ITS Australia

Following six years of leadership by Brian Negus as President, ITS Australia has today announced its new President and Board of Directors.

ITS Australia Board Members and Susan Harris, CEO ITS Australia

From today the Board of Directors will be led by Mr Dean Zabrieszach as President, ably supported by Mr Dennis Walsh as Vice President, and Directors, all of whom bring with them a wealth of knowledge from a variety of transport industry backgrounds.

ITS Australia congratulated new and re-elected Board members:

Mr Dale Andrea – VicRoads

Mr Chen Cai – Data61/CSIRO

Mr James Hurnall – Federal Chambers of Automotive Industries

Mr Mark Jackman – Robert Bosch Australia

Mr Jeff McCarthy – Roads and Maritime Services

Mr Brian Negus – RACV

Mr Dean Zabrieszach – HMI Technologies

 

They join ongoing members of the Board:

Mr Bill Advic – Eastlink

Mr Gino Dompetrio – Jacobs Group

Mr Chris Koniditsiotis – Transport Certification Australia Limited

Mr Jeremy Nassau – Transurban

Mr Soren Tellegen – Kapsch (TrafficCom in Australia/New Zealand)

Mr Dirk Van de Meerssche – Cubic

Mr Dennis Walsh – Department of Transport and Main Roads

Mr Michael Watts – Transmax

 

Please read the full release here

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ITS Australia recognises industry stand-outs – congratulations to the winners and nominations

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia tonight celebrated the achievements of the nation’s most innovative and advanced transport technologies and the organisations and individuals involved.

Held at the Art’s Centre, Melbourne, and attended by The Hon Ben Carroll MP, Minister for Industry and Employment, the National Awards recognise professional ITS expertise and raise awareness across all levels of government and community about the benefits of ITS technology to cities and communities, the economy, environment, transportation and everyday lives.

Now in their 8th year, and reflecting the growing influence of ITS across transport technology decision making, ITS Australia received a record number of nominations from a wide variety of organisations for this year’s awards.

Read more ITS Australia National Awards Winners 2017

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ITS leaders meet in Brisbane to discuss the future of transport technology in Australia

Drones and driverless cars were among the hot topics of discussion at the recent Australian Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Summit held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). Read more

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EastLink identified as an Exempler of Customer Stewardship

At the Australia Infrastructure Dialogue event (Friday 13 October 2017), The University of Sydney John Grill Centre for Project Leadership announced that EastLink is one of “Australia’s Customer Stewardship 2017 Exemplars”. Read more

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EastLink announces results of first annual Victorian self-driving vehicle survey

More than 15,000 Victorian motorists participated in one of the world’s largest surveys of attitudes to self-driving cars, and the results are in!

Self-driving car technologies such as lane keeping assistance are increasingly offered by the latest production cars in Australia. Read more

 

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Making towing safer for everyone

“On Trailer” Safety Control System with ABS and sway mitigation. Bosch Australia is showcasing an innovative trailer safety system featuring ABS and sway mitigation technology to be released early in 2018.. Read more

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Australian students invited to enter ITS World Congress Montreal 2017 Essay Competition

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), a nonprofit R&D organization specializing in advanced science and applied technology, is pleased to announce that it will once again sponsor the Student Essay Competition of ITS World Congress 2017 in Montréal, Canada, October 29 to November 2, 2017.

Open to Australian and Asia Pacific full-time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university. Deadline 1 October. Read more

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EastLink awarded top 5 Star sustainability rating for the second year in a row

The GRESB Infrastructure Assessment has awarded Melbourne’s EastLink the top “5 star” rating for the second year in a row.
The internationally recognised GRESB Infrastructure Assessment covers the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of 160 infrastructure assets located around the world. Read more

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French driverless vehicle manufacturer plans to establish Asia-Pacific HQ in Adelaide

World-leading driverless vehicle company Navya and the State Government have agreed on plans to establish Navya’s Asia-Pacific manufacturing facility in Adelaide.
The agreement followed discussions between Premier Jay Weatherill and Navya CEO Christophe Sapet in Paris. Read more

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