Transurban FY18 Sustainability Report

FY18 Sustainability Report Transurban 40


Creating future-ready infrastructure

Automated vehicles have great potential to make road journeys safer and more efficient, and to help the community travel with greater ease, including people with limited mobility. As human error contributes to more than 90 per cent of crashes, automated vehicles are an important step towards reducing road trauma. Cars that can steer themselves, recognise speed limits and manage their speed are already driving on Australia’s roads. To prepare for the expected influx of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), we’ve designed and rolled out trial programs across North America and Australia.

CAV activities

AUGUST 2017 – APRIL 2018

AUGUST 2017+


VIC Partial Automation Trials Launched in 2016, the trial is a partnership with the Victorian Government, VicRoads and the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), with vehicles supplied by Audi, BMW, Mazda, Mercedes, Tesla and Volvo. This trial recorded more than 6,500 observations from 12 vehicles on the Monash, CityLink and Tullamarine motorways in Melbourne. The trial identified a number of challenges for vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure providers and regulators to consider and overcome in order to safely operate CAVs on the roads.

Market Research We’re conducting a market research program to examine community attitudes to various aspects of automated driving. This research highlights that as CAVs become more commonplace, industry and government need to build community understanding of the safe use of automated technology.

NSW Partial Automation Trials Building on the approach and the learnings from the Victorian trials, similar trials have been conducted around the Sydney Orbital Network. In March we launched trials in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW. Trial data is being captured via an Australian-first, purpose-built app that tracks, records and measures all interactions between CAVs and road infrastructure.

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