Since 2017, WSP has been working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads on the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot as part of the Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative.
Australia's largest trial of connected vehicle technology is being delivered in partnership with Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) of Queensland, Telstra, Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q), iMOVE Australia, Ipswich City Council and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.
The 12 month trial saw 355 participants using Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)retrofitted technology in their vehicles to communicate with other cars, infrastructure and a cloud-based traffic management centre. The pilot specifically focused on safety features such as in-vehicle speed, red light, road hazard, traffic queue, turning and road works warnings.
Nigel Nielsen, ICT & Technology Specialist says, “We worked with a number of suppliers to contribute professional and technical expertise, particularly focusing on the ability to make the transport network future-ready for connected and automated vehicles.”
“Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems help to create a safer and more efficient road network and is part of the Queensland Government Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Road Safety Strategy.
“The results are still being examined but the early findings suggest positive safety benefits with 60 per cent of participants stating they’d continue to use the equipment.”
The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot is one of several ways WSP is working with state governments to make transport networks future ready. Other projects we have been involved in include Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative, Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystems (AIMES) and Armidale Autonomous Vehicle Trial.