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Queensland connected vehicle pilot aims to pave the way for cities and other states

The Australian city of Ipswich has fitted up to 500 cars with Cohda Wireless on-board units allowing them to communicate with each other and with roadside infrastructure.

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Hundreds of Queenslanders registered to take part in the Ipswich trial
Hundreds of Queenslanders registered to take part in the Ipswich trial

The Australian city of Ipswich is launching what it claims is the country’s largest connected intelligent vehicle trial.

 

The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot (ICVP), first announced at the end of 2018, will see up to 500 vehicles in the south-east Queensland city fitted with Cohda Wireless MK5H on-board units allowing them to communicate with each other and with roadside infrastructure.

 

Readiness for V2X

 

Cohda, headquartered in Adelaide, hopes it will pave the way for other large trials across its home nation as well as internationally. CEO Dr Paul Gray said that city and state transport authorities are at various stages of readiness in terms of preparing for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology.

 

“Large trials such as the ICVP make other road transport authorities sit up and take notice and we certainly encourage decision-makers across Australia and the world to consider their progress so that they don’t get left behind,” he said.

 

Other participants in the delivery of the ICVP include the Motor Accident Insurance Commission, Telstra, QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland, iMove Australia, Ipswich City Council and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

 

“Besides the scale of the trial, there is versatility of the technology involved in that it encompasses both cellular and DSRC V2X technology as well real-time kinematic (RTK) vehicle positioning,” explained Dr Gray. “The trial is also fully compliant from a cybersecurity perspective with data managed in the cloud in accordance with the relevant safety standards.”

 

The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Project is also expected to showcase the interoperability of the various technologies that will contribute to the cooperative intelligent transport system of the not-too-distant future.

 

“Cohda’s V2X technology will work in symphony with independent roadside infrastructure technology as well as the human-machine interfaces that have been fitted to vehicles to supply warnings to drivers,” said Dr Gray.

"Pilot programmes like the ICVP are crucial to explore the safety benefits of emerging vehicle technologies and work to help reduce lives lost on our roads"

Project leaders, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland), were pleased with the community response to the call for volunteers to participate in the trial, with hundreds of south-east Queenslanders registering their interest to help shape the way transport technologies of the future are used throughout the state.

 

The technology fitted to vehicles includes a small dash-mounted screen, an external antenna and Cohda’s on-board unit. Queensland transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey said the large-scale, on-road research study would put emerging connected vehicle technologies to the test.

 

"In Queensland between 1 January and 15 September 2020, there were 183 fatalities as a result of crashes, which is 30 greater than for the same period in 2019 and 15 greater than the previous five-year average. Pilot programmes like the ICVP are crucial to explore the safety benefits of emerging vehicle technologies and work to help reduce lives lost on our roads," he said.

 

Bailey explained that the installed technology does not make changes to the vehicle’s operation, but rather connects the vehicle to real-time information. The pilot will test if this information assists drivers to make better decisions, such as stopping in time for an upcoming red light.

 

“The technology allows participating connected vehicles to ‘talk’ to roadside infrastructure and road operation systems. This provides drivers with safety-related warnings about their local driving environment,” added Bailey. “For example, a driver could be given early advice of upcoming roadworks, or that they are approaching the back of a motorway queue.”

 

Cohda Wireless’s technology is used in more than 60 per cent of vehicle trials across the globe including the 3,000-vehicle New York Connected Vehicle Project.

 

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