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
- 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 a R&D hub for emerging transport technologies, including CAVs.
- Autonomous Passenger Vehicle trial commenced 2016, transporting people at Darwin Waterfront, Australia’s first fully operational autonomous vehicle transport trial.
- 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
- ITS Grants Program includes project trialling 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.
- Transurban CityLink automated vehicles – trial of how automated vehicles interact with Australian road infrastructure
- Eastlink Driver Assisted Technology – partnership with Victorian Government, Australian Road Research Board and La Trobe University to test network and driver assisted vehicles
- University of Melbourne – 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.