Transurban has partnered with Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services to launch the state’s largest on-road automated vehicle technology trial to future proof and enhance the safety of the state’s roads.
The trial brings together seven major car manufactures (BMW, Hyundai, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Audi and Lexus) to create tangible, shared findings to road infrastructure across the state for the future of connected and automated vehicles.
The on-road trials, which started on 21 March 2018 and will end in September 2018, will take place on the Sydney orbital network including the Lane Cove Tunnel, the Hills M2 Motorway, Westlink M7, the M5, Eastern Distributor, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour tunnel.
The cars will operate under different conditions and at different times of the day, and the data they collect will be published and made publically available by the end of 2018.
The trial will be followed by further testing of automated vehicle technology on urban and regional roads led by the Centre for Road Safety.
Data from the trials will be captured digitally, via an Australian-first, purpose built app that has been created specifically to track, record and measure the interaction between these vehicles and the existing road infrastructure.