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 - 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Transurban and VicRoads partnership project to assess readiness for highway automation on the Monash/Citylink/Tullamarine corridor.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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QLD - Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative

The CAVI initiative incorporates two main projects – a large scale pilot of Cooperative ITS in Ipswich (to be run in 2019), and a smaller pilot of cooperative and highly automated vehicles driven on selected roads.

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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.

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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.

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