CAVI 500-vehicle C-ITS Field Operational Test
The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is conducting an on-road field operational test (FOT) of a number of C-ITS safety applications. C-ITS technologies will be retrofitted to around 500 public and fleet vehicles, and road infrastructure, in the City of Ipswich from late 2019.
International pilots have demonstrated positive cost-benefit ratios for the technology, however policy-makers continue to call for FOTs in support of the investment logic towards deployment. The challenge for FOTs is to involve sufficient participation for the evaluation of benefits. Queensland’s pilot – currently the largest planned in Australia – will provide a core data set to build a standardised analysis methodology, and evaluate the safety benefits of C-ITS.
The evaluation findings will be used by transport agencies (local, state and federal) to support the investment in infrastructure, both digital and physical, that supports the emerging C-ITS need. In the future, this data and results could also be used by others to perform, compare or supplement the evaluation.
This C-ITS Pilot is intended to:
• contribute towards governments’ vision of zero road deaths and serious injuries on the nation’s roads
• prepare for and accelerate the emergence of cooperative technologies onto Australian roads
• respond to the national call for priority trials and research of transformative transport technologies, including C-ITS.
What technologies will be tested?
• Emergency electronic brake light warning (V2V) – alerts drivers to a cooperative vehicle braking hard some distance ahead.
• Stopped or slow vehicle warnings (V2V) – alerts drivers of an impending rear-end collision with another cooperative vehicle ahead of them.
• Turning warning for vulnerable road users (V2I) – alerts drivers to pedestrians or bicycles crossing at an upcoming intersection.
• Advanced red light warning (V2I) – alerts drivers if it’s likely that they’ll drive through a red light ahead, unless they brake.
• Road works warning (V2I) – alerts drivers to upcoming roadworks, giving them time to slow down or change lanes.
• In-vehicle speed warning (V2I) – provides drivers with information about active, static or variable speed limits. It then alerts them if they are exceeding the speed limit.
• Back-of-queue warning (motorways) (V2I) – provides drivers with information about an upcoming traffic queue.
• Road hazard warning (V2I) – alerts drivers to upcoming hazards, such as water on the road, road closures, or a crash.
Benefits of the project
This research will be conducted as part of the Queensland Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) Pilot Project which is currently Australia’s largest on-road testing trial of cooperative vehicles and infrastructure. It will provide a core data set to build a standardised analysis methodology and evaluate safety benefits of C-ITS.
This page will be a living record of this project. As it continues, matures, hits milestones, etc., we’ll continue to add information, links, images, interviews and more. Watch this space!