Among the latest advanced vehicle warning systems being assessed by the researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are red light violations, early warnings about pedestrians crossing an intersection with signals, and queues of traffic. QUT’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) along with iMOVE Cooperative Research Center (CRC) are delivering the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot, which is Australia’s largest on-road field trial to test and assess Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) vehicle safety technologies.
QUT’s Center for Accident Research and Road Safety- Queensland (CARRS-Q) is also supporting this trial. Five hundred public, as well as fleet vehicles, are going to be retrofitted with C-ITS hardware and software to conduct a pilot study that is scheduled to take place in Ipswich toward the end of 2019. C-ITS devices will equip vehicles with an ability to communicate with other vehicles as well as infrastructure including traffic lights, cloud-based sharing systems, and road operations in real time.
Safety-related messages about potential hazards will be displayed to drivers with the help of Human-Machine Interface (HMI). These safety alerts may include warnings regarding emergency electronic brake light, roadworks, slow/stop vehicles, and turning for bicycle riders and pedestrians along with notifications for traffic queues and advanced red light.
Dr. Mohammed Elhenawy, a research fellow at QUT, elaborates on how the safety benefits of the C-ITS are being assessed by monitoring the difference in a driver’s behavior when the e-message system is active and inactive. It is also necessary to make adjustments in C-ITS so as to ensure that drivers change their course to avoid a crash or hazard, thus keeping themselves as well as other vehicle drivers safe. The effectiveness of these safety warning depends on certain parameters including the timing of messages, road surface conditions, distance between two cars, and traffic flow information.
Furthermore, all the vehicles involved in the trial will be fitted with various sensors and other wireless equipment. By working in tandem with targeted information, drivers and in turn, vehicles can deal with challenging driving scenarios in a better manner. Participants are also being surveyed with regard to their knowledge of modern transport technologies readiness to incorporate these new technologies into their systems.