The map above indicates where connected and automated vehicle trials are taking place and are planned in Australia and New Zealand.
Austroads' Connected and Automated Vehicles program is working closely with key government and industry stakeholders to establish the frameworks to support the introduction of vehicles with increased level of wireless connectivity and automated driving capability .
NSW - Regional Automated Vehicle Trials
Transport for NSW has partnered with industry, researchers, local councils and businesses to develop and co-deliver connected and automated vehicle trials in Armidale and Coffs Harbour. The trials will use two highly automated Easy Mile EZ10 with capacity to carry up to 12 passengers.
NSW - Automated Vehicle Prototype
IAG and the University of New South Wales are developing a prototype automated vehicle to gain a deeper insight into their impact on mobility and insurance business models into the future.
NSW - Automated Shuttle Bus Trial
The demonstration of an automated shuttle bus on NSW roads will be conducted over two years at Sydney Olympic Park. Partners in the project, announced in 2017, include HMI Technologies, NRMA, Telstra, IAG and Sydney Olympic Park Authority.
NSW - Regional Trials
Transport for NSW is seeking to trial emerging connected and automated vehicle technology in country NSW. The trials, starting in the second half of 2018, will focus on customer mobility use cases and investigate the benefits and challenges involved in regional areas.
NSW - Sydney Motorways Automated Vehicle Trial
The NSW Government is trialling automated vehicles with life-saving technology on some of Sydney’s major motorways. The trial includes involvement from Transurban and includes vehicles from many major vehicle manufacturers.
NSW - CITI Trial
The NSW Centre for Road Safety is undertaking a Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative (CITI) trial of heavy vehicle safety applications using Cooperative ITS. The trial is based in the Illawarra Region of NSW.
ACT - Driver Monitoring
The ACT government is supporting a two year trial that will include testing driver monitoring system on 40 residents driving semi-automated vehicles for up to two weeks at a time. The trial will look at how drivers behave when operating the vehicles in both manual and partially automated driving modes.
VIC – Towards Zero CAV Trials
The Victorian Government has awarded a $3.5 million grant to Telstra and Lexus Australia to run Australia’s first connected vehicle field trial using advanced 4G mobile networks. The grant, part of the Government’s $9 million Towards Zero Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program, has been awarded to develop, test and research Lexus vehicles fitted with Cellular V2X technology, as well as advanced driver assist features including crash warning systems and lane keeping assist.
VIC - ITS Grants Program
The VicRoads ITS grants program is designed to facilitate and improve understanding of new and emerging technologies and their use on the road network. Projects announced include:
- A trial of automated vehicles, including their integration with roadside infrastructure, undertaken by ARRB, ConnectEast and LaTrobe University.
- A trial of connected technologies that can give trams priority at signalised intersections, undertaken by YarraTrams, ARRB and LaTrobe University.
- Development and trial of connected vehicle applications that interface with signalised intersections and managed motorway systems, undertaken by Intelematics.
- A trial of a driverless shuttle bus in the context of a university’s student mobility requirements by a consortium of partners including HMI Technologies, La Trobe University, RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria), ARRB (Australian Road Research Group) and Keolis Downer.
- A Transurban and VicRoads partnership project to assess readiness for highway automation on the Monash/Citylink/Tullamarine corridor.
VIC - Highly Automated Driving Vehicle Partnership
Bosch, the Transport Accident Commission and VicRoads have partnered to build the first vehicle developed in Australia with self-driving capabilities.
Developed in Bosch's Australian headquarters in Clayton, the vehicle has been designed to navigate roads with or without driver input and includes technology to detect and avoid hazards such as pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles.
VIC - AIMES Test Bed
The Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem (AIMES) is a transport test bed area, incorporating 100 kilometres of Melbourne roads on the fringe of the CBD, bounded by Alexandra Parade to the north, Victoria Street south, Hoddle Street east, and Lygon Street to the west, plus the EastLink motorway. Contained within the test bed area will be up to 1,000 sensors to collect data on vehicle and pedestrian movement, and public transport use. The test bed is being run by the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with Cubic Transportation Systems, and 37 business and government partners.
SA - V2X Communication Trial
The South Australian Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure and its Future Mobility Lab Fund recently conducted a live demonstration of V2X integrated with an automated vehicle, and a further demonstration of advance localisation using V2X communications.
SA - Flinders Driverless Bus Trial
Flinders University will receive up to $1 million of Future Mobility Lab Funds for a five-year, three stage, $4 million driverless last mile shuttle project - for which Flinders University and the RAA have partnered with industry supporters Cohda Wireless, Renewal SA, SAGE Automation, SIEMENS, Telstra, UPG, ZENEnergy and public transport operator Keolis Downer.
SA - Driverless shuttle and interactive transportable bus stop trial
Local Motors, an American vehicle manufacturing company has partnered with SAGE Automation to conduct a last mile driverless shuttle and interactive transportable bus stop trial at Holdfast Bay near Glenelg.
The trial will use the Local Motors Olli Shuttle integrated with the SAGE designed and manufactured smart OlliStop providing a fully connected first of its kind connected autonomous bus and bus stop platform.
Local Motors will receive up to $500,000 and SAGE Automation will receive up to $200,000 from the government’s Future Mobility Lab Fund to conduct the last mile shuttle and bus stop trial.
Local Motors driverless shuttle, Olli, will transport passengers on a proposed route from Mosely Square Glenelg, close to the Tram Terminus and run along the shared bike path route to the Broadway Kiosk. The SAGE accessible OlliStop’s will be located at Mosely Square and near the Broadway Kiosk.
The OlliStop which will be solar powered, includes the latest IBM Watson interface with interactive displays and audio system, allowing for a personalised user experience particularly for disabled and ageing as well as wheelchair access. The Olli shuttle and OlliStop will serve tourists and the local community providing them with the opportunity to experience autonomous vehicle technology and provide valuable learnings on on-demand transportation.
The Olli shuttle and OlliStop trial will become available to the public around September 2018.
SA - Vehicle-to-Pedestrian Technology Test
Telstra and South Australian company Cohda Wireless conducted the first test of Vehicle-to-Pedestrian technology over a mobile network in Adelaide in July 2017. The trial demonstrated vehicles interacting directly with pedestrians’ and cyclists’ mobile phones to improve safety on the road network.
WA - Curtin Driverless Bus Trial
Curtin University is trialling a commercial driverless bus. The bus has been named Kip (after John and Elsie Curtin’s pet kelpie dog).
WA - RAC Electric Shuttle
Since 2015, RAC has been working to test and evaluate a fully autonomous, electric shuttle bus. On the 31st August 2016, with the support from the WA State Government and the City of South Perth, the trial expanded to public roads.
WA - Autonoms Trial
RAC WA in partnership with the Western Australian State Government, will trial several vehicles called Autonoms produced by French company NAVYA. The State Government and the RAC will be working together to explore potential locations for the initial trial, and potentially for a limited on-road public trial with a trained chaperone as part of future stages.
WA - Autonomous Heavy Vehicle Platooning Trial
Main Roads WA is partnering with industry to launch a trial of autonomous heavy vehicle platooning.
NT - Driverless Shuttle Bus Trial
The NT government completed a six-month trial of an EasyMile shuttle bus at the Darwin Waterfront in November 2017.
QLD - Driverless Shuttlebus Trial
A small trial of a driverless shuttlebus was undertaken by Easymile and Transdev in late 2017 and early 2018 in: Cairns, Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Cleveland.
QLD - Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI)
The Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) will be delivered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to help prepare for the arrival of new vehicle technologies with safety, mobility and environmental benefits on Queensland roads. CAVI will lay the technical foundations for the next generation of smart transport infrastructure. CAVI consists of 3 pilots and a change management project to enable the transition:
- Ipswich Connected Vehicle (VRU) Pilot: the largest on-road testing trial in Australia of connected vehicles and infrastructure
- Connected and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Pilot: researching safety and infrastructure impacts of connected and highly automated vehicles along with public demonstrations and displays
- Vulnerable Road User (VRU) Pilot: a project looking at how new technology applications can benefit vulnerable road user safety including pedestrians, motorcycle riders and bicycle riders.
- Emergency braking warning (V2V)
- In-vehicle speed warning (V2I)
- Turning warning for bicycle riders and pedestrians (V2I)
- Road works warning (V2I)
- Back-of-queue-warning (V2I)
- Red light warning (V2I)
- Stopped or slow vehicle warnings (V2V)
- Hazard warning (V2I)
- if an automated vehicle performance when connected to transport infrastructure such as a signalised intersection
- how a driver responds when an automated vehicle requests the driver takes back control
- what infrastructure changes may be needed in the future, such as signs and road markings
- how an automated vehicle responds to other road users and vice versa.
QLD - Ipswich Connected Vehicle (ICV) Pilot
The largest component of the Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) is the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot, located in the City of Ipswich from late 2019. The pilot will include up to 500 vehicles retrofitted with Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) technologies. C-ITS enables vehicles to ‘talk’ to other connected vehicles, roadside infrastructure and traffic management centre systems to share relevant safety-related messages for drivers. The driver is still in control of the vehicle, and there is no element of vehicle automation. Participants may receive a warning related to one of eight safety use-cases the pilot will be testing. These include:
QLD - Vulnerable Road User (VRU) pilot
There is a growing proportion of road trauma involving Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs)—comprising pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcyclists. There is a need for emerging vehicle technology solutions to consider all users in the road environment so under this pilot, the Department of Transport and Main Roads is working through an open-design process with the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre (iMOVE CRC) to inform potential trials. This process is currently in the scoping stage and a potential pilot or projects will be identified in 2019.
QLD - Connected and Highly Automated Driving Pilot (CHAD)
CHAD is one of three pilots being delivered by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI).
The CHAD Pilot will run from 2018-2023 in south-east and regional parts of Queensland and involve two vehicles—a retrofitted vehicle with sensors to collect data, the other a level 4 automated custom-built vehicle that will be C-ITS connected.
The CHAD Pilot will explore the vehicles interactions with the road, roadsides, vehicles, and other road users. [you could remove this highlighted text if you need greater edits] Specifically it will test:
The CHAD Pilot will involve public demonstrations and displays, enabling Queensland road users to see what the future might look like.
NZ - Bluetooth In-Car Messaging Trial
In 2016 the NZ Transport Agency, along with GO Rentals and HMI Technologies, ran a safety trial using real time messaging through bluetooth technology to visiting drivers. The results of the trial will be released in 2018.
NZ - Driverless Shuttle Bus Trial
Christchurch International Airport and HMI Technologies, with support from the Ministry of Transport and NZ Transport Agency are trialling a Navya electric shuttle bus at Christchurch Airport.