Vehicle recognition tech in truck trial

Five year trial soon to be underway of C-ITS safety system

Vehicle recognition tech in truck trial
Up to 65 trucks will be fitted with the equipment


Transport for NSW is close to beginning a unique trial of potentially life-saving technology on trucks driving between Port Kembla and South-Western Sydney.

It is understood up to four transport operators are taking part in the trial of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) technology, including Toll Holdings.

Between them, up to 65 trucks will be fitted with the equipment, which sends and receives location data and relevant warnings across a dedicated radio frequency.

The C-ITS system can alert drivers to critical road safety issues up to 1,000 metres ahead. 

These are created using position, speed, and direction data of participating vehicles, as well as information from traffic signal software.

For example, drivers can be alerted if an upcoming traffic light is about to turn red.

The system will also warn of both moving and stationary road hazards.

The five year trial has been in the planning stages since May this year, with preliminary testing and driver inductions and training now taking place.

The fitted trucks will begin making some closely watched runs along the 42km stretch of the Hume Highway from February next year.

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