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Australia’s largest on-road pilot of connected vehicles has been deployed in a massive partnership between several different organisations and research bodies.

The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot (ICVP) 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, Regional Development and Communications to deliver the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot.

Connected vehicle technology, which has also been referred to as Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) will enable vehicles, road infrastructure and traffic management systems to communicate, providing drivers with safety warnings.

“The introduction of connected vehicles and infrastructure will change the way vehicles and our roads interact, and have the potential to enhance safety, reduce congestion, emissions, and travel times. The Queensland Road Safety Strategy 2022-31 leverages new technologies and data, such as C-ITS road infrastructure, to set Queensland on the path to achieving a vision zero serious road trauma by 2050,” outlined the Queensland government website.

The ICVP involved 355 participants whose vehicles were fitted with an antenna mounted on a roof-rack, an in-vehicle communications box placed under the driver’s seat and a display on the dashboard.

Data collected from the ICVP found a 20 per cent crash reduction is possible if C-ITS is 100 per cent present across the roads.

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