Automated vehicle trial for NSW roads


Six-month trial to see how automated cars handle Sydney orbital network

Automated vehicle trial for NSW roads
Sydney's M5 will be one of the roads tested in the on-road autonomous vehicle trials

 

The New South Wales government and toll roads operator Transurban will work with seven car manufacturers to examine how automated cars will interact with the state’s existing road infrastructure.

The groups will facilitate a series of on-road trials across the Sydney orbital network – including the Lane Cove Tunnel, the Hills M2 Motorway, Westlink M7, the M5, Eastern Distributor, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour tunnel.

The automated BMW, Lexus, Hyundai, Mercedes, Audi, Tesla and Volvo cars will be trialled in different conditions and at different times of the day – with all data collected to be published and made publically available by the end of the year.

NSW minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance said the project would position the state as a leader in automated vehicle technology.

"This research will show us where we may need to make changes in how we maintain and improve our current road infrastructure, as well as how we design, build and manage smart infrastructure in the future," he said.

This trial will be followed by further testing of automated vehicle technology on urban and regional roads led by the NSW Centre for Road Safety.

This project is one of several connected and automated vehicle trials happening in NSW, which also includes: the NSW Smart Shuttle at Sydney Olympic Park, Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative project in the Illawarra and the current expression of interest for automated vehicle trials in regional NSW.

 

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