In an Australian first, VicRoads will trial technology that perceives and monitors connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) at a crash hotspot intersection, to improve Victorian road safety.
This research is funded by a grant from the $9 million Towards Zero Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program, supporting research and development of innovative technology which will help to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Victorian roads.
The $2 million grant has been awarded to Omni-Aware, a consortium of specialist transport companies, to fit one intersection with automated vehicle perception technology.
Cameras and light detection and ranging sensors (LIDARs) will be installed to detect all movements through the intersection, including vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
The Omni-Aware system will build a complete picture of the intersection and provide insight into all crashes and near misses.
Black box functionality will improve safety and prevent future crashes by allowing VicRoads to closely analyse data collected, the factors that contributed to accidents and seeing how these incidents could be prevented in the future.