February 23, 2020

Australian autonomous car trial to begin

Melbourne’s EastLink motorway to be the first test location…

Australian autonomous car trial to begin

It seems that autonomous and semi-autonomous cars are going to be a part of the future of motoring, now comes Australia’s first official ‘on road’ test of the technology.

It’s been announced that the Victorian Government, Australian Road Research Board, La Trobe University and the EastLink motorway will work together to trial driver-assistance technology over the next 18 months.

The semi-autonomous vehicle technology, such as lane keep assist, auto braking and adaptive cruise control, will be put to the test on the busy Melbourne motorway.

In particular, the government and road authorities want to see how compatible that tech is with current infrastructure such as road signs and line markings.

EastLink spokesperson Doug Spencer-Roy says with many of the new technologies already being fitted to cars, now is the right time to look at their effectiveness and reliability.

“The EastLink trials that have recently started will identify changes that can be made to freeway infrastructure and operations to help driver-assistance technology make a safe transition to hands-free driving on EastLink and other freeways.

“EastLink is already the safest freeway in Melbourne with the least congestion, but we are not complacent.

“That is why we are already working with our trial partners to help smooth the introduction of new technology that will further improve road safety and traffic flow.”

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Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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